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or otherwise forfeited to the crown: that every commoner should be forced to work or quit the realm, and that there should be but one weight and one measure throughout the country. Item, that the duchies of Lorraine and Luxembourg should be conquered, as well as the towns in Provence and Savoy, and annexed to the kingdom of France. Item, that the university should be removed from Paris, and one erected and nobly endowed for the reception of numbers of discreet men.
There were many rolls produced, but not read, as they were of little consequence. After the chancellor of Acquitaine had concluded, the provost of the merchants and the sheriffs preferred two requests to the king, by the mouth of a monk of the order of St Benedict and doctor of divinity.
One was, that the king would be pleased to grant to the city of Paris a third of the taxes collected in that city in the same form and manner as had been done during the reign of king Charles, whose soul may God receive ! for the reparations of the said town and the improvement of the river Seine, of which, as the provost
of merchants declared, they were great need; that it would be for the
advantage of the king and his good city that certain repairs, very much wanted, should be
, undertaken, and the place better fortified against the bitter hatred which the dukes of Berry, Orleans, Bourbon, and their faction bore to it. He added, that the town of Tournay was the best fortified, and in the most complete repair of any in the kingdom, because the inhabitants allot certain sums for this
purpose; and that, if all the king's enemies were to besiege it, they would never be able to injure it.
The other was, that orders should be given to the chancellor to seal without opposition the patent of an office vacant, or becoming so, by the demission of one of the Armagnacs, which had hitherto been refused.
They were told, that on the Thursday ensuing, they should have answers to both of
The provost and sheriffs demanded beside, that the chancellor of France should lay before the king such letters as had come to the knowledge of the duke of Acquitaine, mentioning that the dukes of Berry, Orleans, Bourbon, and the count d'Alençon intended making a new king, to the exclusion of his present majesty and the duke of Acquitaine The chancellor replied, that the subject of their present consideration was the letters contained in the bag; that it was true, ho was in possession of letters and other papers mentioning this circumstance, and that he had assured the duke of Acquitaine of their
The chancellor of Acquitaine then declared publicly to the king, that the grand master of his household, sir Guichart Daulphin, had written to inform the duke of Burgundy, that the dukes of Berry, Orleans, Bourbon, and the count d’Alençon, had again renewed their oaths of alliance in the city of Bourges; that the leaders of the confederacy had met in that city, and had there determined to destroy the king of France, his whole royal family, the kingdom of France, and the good city of Paris, or perish themselves in the attempt.
The king was much affected on hearing this, and replied with tears, “ We now fully see their wickedness, and we entreat of you all that are of our blood to advise and aid us against them; for the matter not only regards, you personally, but the welfare of the whole kingdom is in danger; and we shall therefore
expect the support of all present, and of every loyal subject.'
The king of Sicily then rose, and, falling on his knees before the king, said, “Sire, I entreat, that in regard to your own honour and welfare, as well as for that of your realm, you
will order the most efficacious measures to be pursued against these rebels, for there seems to be instant need of it.'
In like manner, the dukes of Acquitaine and Burgundy, and all the other lords, knelt to the king, and proffered him their services to the utmost of their power. When this was done, the assembly broke up, and all that had passed was promulgated through Paris : even accounts of it were sent in writing to different bailiffs in the kingdom, to the great astonishment
DUKE LOUIS OF BAVARIA IS DRIVEN OUT OP
PARIS BY THE PARISIANS, AND HIS PEOPLE
BOUT this time, duke Louis of Bavaria, brother to the queen of France, and residing at Paris, was much suspected by the Parisians of having in secret spoken favourably to the king and queen of the dukes of Berry and Orleans; and fearing it might be prejudicial to them, knowing how much they were hated by these dukes, they assembled one day in great numbers, and sent to tell duke Louis, that they were much displeased with him, for that he was of the Orleans-party; and since he was so well inclined to them, he must go and join them.
Duke Louis sent for answer, that he was not of any party, but of that of the king: The matter, therefore, rested in this state for the present; but as he perceived they were dissatisfied with him, and apprehending some insult
, he went away with very few attendants