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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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4SI . • alive, bot fo old and worn out with bearing arms, and from his former labours, that in truth he could not be of any fervice, nor was he able to do the du-ties of his office j but he was willing to carry arms whenever it might be neceflàry. ' We will fay a little of the affairs of Picardy, as we have been fome time with thofe of the diftant parts, and fpeak of an aflembly which was held in the city of Rouen. CHAP, CCLXV. THE KING OP FRANCE, INTENDING TO SEND A LARGE NAVAL ARMAMENT TO THE ENGLISH COASTS, IS PREVENTED BY THE ARRIVAL OF THE DUKE OF LANCASTER AT CALAIS* T^HE king of France, during the fummer (1369), A had made great preparations of (hips, barges and other veffels in the port of Harfleur, with the inteift of fending a large force to England, well furnifhed with men at arms, knights and fquires. His brother, the lord Philip, duke of Burgundy, was appointed commander of this army, which was to deftroy all England. The king of France fixed his refidence in the good city of Rouen, in order to attend more promptly to this bufinefs. He vifited his fleet two or three times every week, to which he fhewed much affe&ion. Added to this, his fummons were fo extenfive that it was wonderful to fee the num-bers of men at anrçs who were colle&ed in Vexin, G g 2 BeauYoifis^


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