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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 262



- He converted frequently on this fubjeft with flr John Chandos and fir William felton, who were his principal advifers, and aiked them their opinions. Thefe two knights truly faid j c My lord, this un-doubtedly isj without comparifon, a much more difficult enterprife than driving him out of his realm ; for he was detefted by his fubje&s, info-much that they all fled from him when he moft wanted their help. The baftard king at this mo-ment poffeffes the kingdom from the affe&ion which the nobility, prelates and commonalty bear him ; and therefore they will de every thing in their power to keep and maintain him as their king, whatever may be the confequences. It behoves you then to have a fufficient number of archers and men at arms ; for you will find, on your entering Spain, work enough for them. We advife you alfo to melt the beft part of your plate and treafure, of which you are abundantly furnifhed, that it may be coined into money, for you to diftribute liberally among the companions who are to ferve under you in this expedition, and who, from affe&iôn to you alone, will engage to do fo; for, as to don Pedro, they wUl do nothing on his account. You fhould fend likewife to the king your father, to beg of him to allow you to receive the hundred thoufand francs which the king of France is bound to fend to Eng. land in a fhort time. You ought alfo to coliedt money wherever you can procure it (for you will have need of an immenfe quantity), without taxing your fubje&s or country ; by which means you will be more beloved by them/ Thefe il»


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