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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2
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tony; but on the third day, the wind was ib con* |rf ry, they were driven upon the coafts of Corn* wall, where they caft anchor, and remained for fix days and fix nights. During this time, the king pltere4 hp mind with refpeét to going towards Guf-cony, tfyroijgh the advice and representations of fir. Godfrey de Harcourt, wbp convinced him that it would be more for his intereft to land in Normandy, |jy fuch words as thefe : ' Sir, that province is one of the moft fertile p the world ; and I will anfwer on my head, that you may land in any part of it, you fhall pleafe without hindrance, for no one will fhink of oppofing you. • The Normans have not been aecufiomed to the ufe of arms ; and all the jfnighthqd, that otherwife would have been there, are atprefent with the duke before Aiguillon. You will find in Normandy rich towns and handfome caftles, without any means of defence, and yout people will gain wealth enough to fuffice them for twenty years to come. Your fleet may alfo follow you, up the river Orne, as far as Caen.. I there-* fore intreat you, will ljfien, and give belief to wha| The king, who at that time was in the flower of youth, aud who delired nothing better than to combat his enemies, paid much attention to what fir Godfrey de Harcourt, whom hç called coufin, had faid. He commanded his failors to fteer fir ait for Norrpandy, and ordered the flag of the admiral, the earl of Warwick, to be hoifted on board his fhip: he took the lead, as admiral of the fleet, and made for Normandy, with a very favourable wind. The fleet 13*


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