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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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the name of .John Copeland, but who had.rode off with him they could not fell whither. The queen ordered him to be written to, to bring the king of Scots to her, and td tell him that he had not done what was agreeable to her, in carrviog. off .his pri-foner without leave. • All that day the queen and army remained on the field of battle, which they had won, and on the morrow returned to New-caftle*. • . • • . . ; Whet the letter from the queen was prelented by a knight to John Copeland, le anfwered, that he would not give up his prifoner, the king of Scots, to man or woman, • except to hrs ' own lord, * * Froiflart fuppofes (hat Philippa, the confort of Edward III., was their leader; and in this he bas been implicitly fol-lowed by the later faiftorians of. both nations. A young and comely princefi, the mother of heroes at the head of an army in the abfence of her lord, is an ornament to biilory: yet no Englilh writer of confiderable antiquity mentions this circum-fUnce. which/ if true, they would not have,omitted. Baliol alfo is laid fo have been next in command to queen Philippa : yet the ancient Engiiih writers &y nothing of it ; and the whole ftrain o£ the Fœdera is inconfiftent with the hypothecs of bis having any , fuch command. Barnes, page 3£8, fays, that the Englilh * were in number twelve hundred men at arms, three tbou&nd archers, and feven thoufand footmen, befrles a choice baud of expert foldiers, mewly come from before Calais; the whole amounting *p fisteeo tfyon&nd complete/ For this he quotes Giovanni Villain, the Florentine hiftorian, lib. xii. c. 75. Vil- / Jani's account of the battre of Durham is exceedingly fuperfi-cial ; and, which is remarkable, he fays nothing of what Barnes quotes as from .him. See Muratori Sntip% Ital. T. xiiL p.-SB# : , . . ; ' - :; ' Annals qf Scotland. 0$ ' the 19?


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