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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 489



day after they had been there, the king of England fent them his anfwer by three worthy knights, who told them plainly, that the king had not with him adequate fums of money to pay all their expenfes, nor what they might perhaps demand : that he had brought with him only fufficient for the enterprize hehad undertaken : that however, if they thought proper to accompany him, and partake of his good and bad fortune, fhould any fucqpfs enfue, they fhould partake of it, and largely ; but that he would not be underftood as obliged to pay them any wages, nor anything for horfes deftroyed, or other expenfes which they might he put to ; for he had brought an army from his own country equal to the bufinefs that he had undertaken. This anfwer was not very agreeable to thefe lords, nor to their companions, who had laboured hard, and expended their all : they had alfo pawned their horfes and armour, having fold every thing fuperfluous through neceffity. Nevertheless, they could obtain nothing except fome fmall fums lent them to carry them home again. However, fome of thefe noblemen chofe to remain witli the king and fliare his adventures ; for they would have been blamed, if they had gone back to their own coun-try without having done any thing. I (hall now point Out the manner of the arrange-ment of the king of England's forces, which he brought with him for this expedition. It ought not to be paffed over in filence, for fo large an army had never left England before. Previous 474'


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