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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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ftaff, from whence fluttered their ftreamers in the wind, that it was pleafant to look at them. If the EhgHlh had a great defire to meet them, it feemed as if the Spaniards wete fiill more eager for it, as will hereafter appear. The Spaniards were full ten thoufand men, including all,forts of foldiers they had enlifted when in Flanders : this made them feel fufficient courage not to fear the combat with the x king of England, and whatever* foixc he might have at fca. . Intending to engage the Englifli fleet, they ad-vanced with a favourable wiqd until they came oppofite to Calais. The king of England being at fea, had very drfHri&ly explained to all his knights the order of battle he would have them follow: he had appointed the lord Robert de earner to the command of a fhip called La Salle du Roi, on % board of which was allhis houfehold.. The king polled himfelf in the fore part of his own fhip : he was drefled in a black velvet jacket, and wore on his head afmall hat of beàver, which became him mneh. He was that day, as I was told by thofe who were prefent, as joyous as he ever was ih his life, and ordered his minftrels to play before him a German dance which fir John Chandos had lately introduced. For -his amuferaent, he made the lame knight ling with his minftrels, which delighted him greatly. From time to time he looked up to the caille on his mail, where he had placed a watch to inform him when the Spaniards were in fight. ' Whilft the king was thus amufing himfelf with his knights, who' were happy in feeing him fo gay, • . * - . •• ' the


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