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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.6

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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.6
page 53



This is the question which they difputed, and the defeiice Charles de Durazzo made. • He alfo at the beginning took very wife precautions* for he amply provided with ftores the caftel del Ovo, which is one of the ftrongeft caftles in the world, and fituated as it were by enchantment in the fea, fo that it is impoffible to take it but by ne-cromancy or by the help of the devil*. When he had provided this caftle with a fuf-fieiefecy to Iaft three or four yeart, he collected a body of men at arms and threw himfelf into it, having made all the entrances very fecure, leaving the duke of Anjou to act as he pleafed. He well knew the Neapolitans would never defert him, and that, if la Puglia and Calabria fhould be loft for two or three years, they could eafily regain it. He^xpected the duke of Anjou would foonfind himfelf at the end of his refources in maintaining fuch a large army as he had brought, and which it was impoffible for him to continue to fupport. They would be in want of provifion or pay, which would tire them out in the courfeof two or three years; and, when they fhould be well worn down^ he might combat them to his advantage. Charles de Durazzo was full of thefeideas, fomeof which were afterwards realized. In truth, no prince in Chriftendom, t except the kings of France or Eng-land, would have been able to have kept up fuch an immenfe force as the duke of Anjou did ; for they reported he had brought over the mountain* * Denys Sauvage adds a marginal n*te, that'if the good man Froiffart believes this, his mind muft be very iimple.' thirty 89 '


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