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the pope, made a covenant between them. On the sixth day*, the fifth of the month of August, they made a covenant of peace; and on the Sabbath day, the twenty-eighth day of the month of August, the matter was known. And the law was given at Genoa with trumpets and the sound of a horn, and all the people were glad, and the land was quiet. The marriage-contract was, that the emperor Charles should give his sister Eleanora to Francis the king of France, to wife; and the dukedom of Burgundy as a dowry and present: and that the first-born son, which she should bear, should be duke of Burgundy, which dukedom should belong to his seed and his generations. And if the woman should not bear a male. child, then should Burgundy return to the emperor after her death, and he should resume the possession thereof. And King Francis gave to the emperor all the rights of sovereignty which he had over the dukedom of Milan, and over the kingdom of Naples; and silver and gold in abundance, on condition that the emperor should send back his two sons into his kingdom of France. And the rest of the particular conditions, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Roman Kings?

742. And many of the nobles of Italy came to

. i. e. Friday.

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Genoa to bow before the emperor, and he accepted and honored them, and spake kindly to them, and they were comforted concerning the toil of their hands, and concerning the desolation of the land, whose surface, instead of being like the garden of the Lord, was covered with dead : by reason of the disturbance of wars which were there until that time.

743. And the elders of Florence sent wise and experienced men to fall down at his feet, and to pray before him for their lives, for they had turned after the king. And Charles regarded not their presents, but sent them from before his face with shame, and they returned into their own country.

744. And the sister of the emperor went to France, and the two sons of the king with her. And they went to Paris, and the king and the princes went out to meet her, and the city of Paris rejoiced and was glad. And the king saw them, and was glad in his heart and ran to meet them, and kissed and embraced them. And he brought his wife into the tent; and she obtained grace and favor in his sight*, and he put the royal crown upon her head, and gave her the government of all the royal cities; and he loved her much. And he made a great banquet for all his nobles and servants, the banquet of his wedding day, and

* Esther ïi. 9.

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the pope, made a covenant between them. On the sixth day*, the fifth of the month of August, they made a covenant of peace; and on the Sabbath day, the twenty-eighth day of the month of August, the matter was known. And the law was given at Genoa with trumpets and the sound of a horn, and all the people were glad, and the land was quiet. The marriage-contract was, that the emperor Charles should give his sister Eleanora to Francis the king of France, to wife; and the dukedom of Burgundy as a dowry and present: and that the first-born son, which she should bear, should be duke of Burgundy, which dukedom should belong to his seed and his generations. And if the woman should not bear a male. child, then should Burgundy return to the emperor after her death, and he should resume the possession thereof. And King Francis

gave to the emperor all the rights of sovereignty which he had over the dukedom of Milan, and over the kingdom of Naples; and silver and gold in abundance, on condition that the emperor should send back his two sons into his kingdom of France. And the rest of the particular conditions, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Roman Kings?

742. And many of the nobles of Italy came to

* i. e. Friday.

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Genoa to bow before the emperor, and he accepted and honored them, and spake kindly to them, and they were comforted concerning the toil of their hands, and concerning the desolation of the land, whose surface, instead of being like the garden of the Lord, was covered with dead : by reason of the disturbance of wars which were there until that time.

743. And the elders of Florence sent wise and experienced men to fall down at his feet, and to pray before him for their lives, for they had turned after the king. And Charles regarded not their presents, but sent them from before his face with shame, and they returned into their own country.

744. And the sister of the emperor went to France, and the two sons of the king with her. And they went to Paris, and the king and the princes went out to meet her, and the city of Paris rejoiced and was glad. And the king saw them, and was glad in his heart and ran to meet them, and kissed and embraced them. And he brought his wife into the tent; and she obtained grace and favor in his sight*, and he put the royal crown upon her head, and gave her the government of all the royal cities; and he loved her much. And he made a great banquet for all his nobles and servants, the banquet of his wedding day, and

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* Esther ii. 9.

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he gave kingly gifts. And all the people of the land were glad, and the young men played and ran with horses; there was not the like done at Paris until that day.

745. And the emperor removed from Genoa on the second day*, on the thirtieth day of the month of August, and went to Piacenza, which is in Lombardy, and abode there two months, and the chiefs of his hosts he sent against Pavia ; and they besieged it during many days, and the inhabitants of the city delivered it into their hands, and they made with them a covenant.

And Francesco Sforza, the duke, disregarded even this, because the nobles of Venice had turned his heart, for they are a stiff-necked people; aud he made not peace with the emperor, who was at Cremona at that time.

746. The king sent thither Francois D'Angoulême, his viceroy, to bow down before him, and all the goods of his master were in his hand; and chariots and horsemen came also with him, and the emperor honored him much. And he spake to the emperor concerning the covenant which they made, and he

gave him the money which he brought in, according as they had agreed between themselves. And the horsemen who were with him he left with the emperor; and returned to his master into

• i. e. Monday.

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