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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.5

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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.5
page 336



idngand hifc uncles, to r.equeft fuccours from them, that he might be able to carry on a fuccefsful waç againft the king of Caftillc. He called to him one of his knights, a valiant and prudent man, as well as a great lord, called John Ferrande, and told him his intentions in thefe words : 'John, you will carry thefe credential letters.to England, I cannot fend thither a more able ambaflador tljan yourfelf, nor one who is better informed of all my affairs : you will therefore commend me to the king, on prefcnting thefe letters, and let him know that I am fupporting the rights of my coufins, his aunts, for their inheritance of Caftillc and Spain ; and that I have already waged war againft him, who, through the influence of France, has taken pofleflion of it; but that I am not fufficiently ftrong in myfelf, nor have I refources to oppofe him, nor to conquer fuch heritages as Caftillc, Galicia and Seville.. For which reafon, I entreat him to fend me his fair uncle the duke of Lancafter, with his wife and d^ughtçr, my coufins, and a number of men at arms, and archers. On their arrival hither* we will carry, on fuch a war, if it fhould pleafe God, that we will recover their inheritances.' My lord/ replied the knight, ' with plçafure will I carry your meffage.' Hç was not long be-fore he embarked on board a ftrong veffel fit for the voyage, and failed from the harbour of Lifbon * when, having favourable winds, he arrived at Ply-mouth the fame d^y and fame tide that the earl of Buckingham returned thither, with part of his fleet) from Brittany. • Y3 The


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