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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
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with two thoufand fighting men; He had left the duke of Anjou, who had put an end to the war in Provence, and broken up the fiegç of Tarafcon by a capitulation with its. inhabitants, the terms of which I do not know *. He had therefore fet out for Spain, attended by feveral ' French knights %and fquires, who were defitous of fignalizing their prowefs, and had already entered Arragon to join king Henry, who was laying fiege to the city of Toledo. News was brought to the king don Pedro of all-thefe conquefts ; that the whole country was turning to his brother the baftard, during the time he tarried in the neighbourhood of Seville, and on the borders of Portugal, where he was but little loved. Upon hearing tfiefe tidings, he was in a violent rage againft his brother and againft the Caftillians, who had abandoned him, and declared with an oath, that he would avenge himfelf fo feverely upon them, they fliould be a warning to all others. He • * The duke of Anjou and Bertrand du Guefclin having crolcd the Rhone, laid fiege to Tarafcon, which is oppofite to Beaucaire, the 4th March 1368. The real hiftory of this fiege is unknown to us j for we cannot place any reliance on the.different authors of the life, or rather romance of Ber-trand du Guefclin» who relate various circumftances about it. What may be depended on is, that the duke of Anjou, having befieged Tarafcon by fea and land, the inhabitants, who had an under Handing with him, delivered up the town, of which he made himfelf matter.* Hift* Gen. de Languea\c% vol. IF. p. 336. imme* 343


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