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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.3

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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.3
page 252



gold, my fiîver and my treafure will lai, which I have brought with me from Spain, but which is not fo great by thirty times as what I have left behind, I am willing it fhould be divided among your people/ Upon which the prince faid ; c My lofd, you fpeak well : and for the furplus of the debt, I will take that upon myfelf towards them, and will order whatever fums you may want to be advanced you as a loan, until we fhall be arrived in Caftiile/ € By my head/ replied don Pedro, € you will do me a great kindnefs/ Several of the moft experienced among them, fuch as the earl ôf Antagnac, the lord de Pom-miers, fir John Chandos, the captai de Buch and fome others, having confidered the bufinefs, faid, the prince of Wales could not well undertake this expe-dition without having gained the confent and good will of the king of Navarre ; for he could not enter Spain without traverfing his kingdom, and by the pafs of Roncevaux *. This entrance to Spain they were not quite fure of obtaining ; for the king of Navarre had lately formed frefh alliances with the baftard Henry. It was therefore debated for a long time, in what manner they could fucceed in gaining this important point. The wifeft were of opinion, that another meeting fhould be appointed, and that it fhould be held in the city of Bayonne ; and that the prince, when there, fhould fend able ambaffadors * Roncevaux,—a village in Navarre, made famous by the defeat of Charlemagne, in which Orlando and Rinaido, fo much, celebrated bf the old romances, were flain. 8 to


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