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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.4

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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.4
page 215



When Michaelmas wis nearly arrived, the ba-rons of England and Gafcony, who had advanced to Niort in order to attend the king of England . at Thouars, were very much furprifed that they heard not-any tidings of him. In order, therefore, to acquit themfelves, they fent mçflengers to the Poitevin lords in Thouars, who faid to themj f Very dear lords, we are fent hither by the lords x of Gafcony in the dependence of the king of Eng-land, • and by thofe Englifh lords now in company with them, who have defired us to inform yoi% , that they have colle&ed all their forces, which may amount to ajxut twelve hundred fighting men*, ready and willing to ferve you. , They entreat you to inform them, if, in the abfence of the king of England and his children, tfiey can affift you, and if the relief may now be accepted j for they are -eager to adventure their lives and fortunes in your company.' The barons of Poitou replied i € We will call a council on what you have faid j and we return our kind thanks to the barons of Gafcony and • All the printed copies Énd M$S. except the one I have lately quoted* have 1200. In the preceding page, FroiHârt fays x 1200 men came to Niort with fir John Devereux,Jcc. and that . fir Richard de Pontchardon brought 1200 mort. They ought, therefore, to have been 2400. My MS. nearly reconciles this by faying, that, * the herald Chandos, who carried the meflage t to the knights in Thouars, informed them his lords were aflem-bled in Niort with 1200 lances, Englifh and GafcOQS* and about 3000 archers and iufty varlets.* England 80S


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