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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
page 383



They were well acquainted with the avaricious difposition of the Gafcons, and therefore fàid to the prince, ' Sir, fir, offer them a handfome fura of florins, and you will fee they will foon comply with whatever you wifh/ Upon this, the prince offered them fixty thoufand florins ; but they would not liften to him : at laft it was fettled that the prince fhould give them one hundred thoufand : florins, to be diftribjited among the barons*of Gafcony, and that he might fet out with the king when he pleafed. After this, he nominated four of them as gover-nors of the country until his return ; the lords d'Albret, de i'Efparre, de Pumiers, and de Rofem. This being done, the prince embarked on board a handfome (hip, and took with him a great many Gafcons : among them were the captai de Buch, fir Aymery de Tarfe, the lord de Land u ras, the lord de Mucident, the fouldich dé la Trane, and many others. The king of France was in a (hip by himfelf, in order that he might be more at his eafe. In the fleet, there were five hundred men at arms and two thoufand archers, to guard againft any accidents at fea, and alfo becaufe the prince had been informed before he left Bourdeaux, that the three eftates, who then governed France, had raifed two large armies, which were pofted in Normandy and at Crotoy*, to meet the Englifh, * A village in Picardy, near tbe mouth of the Somme. and 568


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