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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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deftroyed England and brought back the king of France to Paris. They have an armament at fea, with upwards of one hundred thoufand men : and the Englilh are fo much alarmed and frightened that they know not which way to turn themfelves to defend their coafts ; for it was a very old faying with them that they were to be deftroyed by the Danes/ The governor inquired from whom he had learnt this news : fir William faid, that a knight in Flanders had written it to him as a faét, and added, ' He has fent me the handfomeft fet of chef* men I ever faw/ He had invented this tale, becaufe he had learnt the governor was very fond of playing at chefs. The governor faid, he (hould be very glad to fee them. ' Well/ replied fir Wil-liam, ' I will fend for them, but on condition you play with me for fome wine / and, turning to his fervant, faid, ' Go, look for the chefs-board and men, aoçl bring them to us at the gate/ The fervant fet off, and the governor and fir William entered the (kitgate of the caftle. The governor faftened the wicket on the infide with a bolt, but did not lock it. Sir William faid ; ' Go-vernor, open this fécond gate : you may do it with-out any rifle/ The governor opened the wicket only, and let fir William pafs through to fee the infide of the caftle, while he himfelf followed. The fervant, in the mean time, went to thofe citizens who had the armed men in their houfes, Jed them up to the caftle, and then blew his horn, Us had been agreed on between him and his mafter. When fir William heard the horn, he faid to the 4 . governor ;


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