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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
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The citizens of Naples, not fearing thefe men alarms, deigned not to (hut their gates, but kept them always open, as they never imagined the duke of Anjou could refide there longer than it was agreeable to them ; for the moment they fhould be inclofed in the town, whatever num*-bers they might be, they would be loft, as the houfes were not eafy to be taken, having before their doors planks which may be removed, and jthe fea underneath, on which they would not perhaps like to adventure themfelves. An enchanter, mafter of necromancy, who had .refided for fome time in the Neapolitan territory, lame to the duke of Anjou, and faid,—c My lord., if you will, I can caufe the caftel del Ovo and its garrifon to furrender to you/ c How cam that be }f replied the duke. i My lord, I will tell you,1 anfwered the enchanter: € I can, by enchant-ment, make the air fo thick over the fea, that thofe in the caftle fhall think it a large bridge, ,on which ten men may march in front : and, when they fhall fee this bridge, they will be fo frightened they will furrender themfelves to you, left, if you attack them, they be taken by ftorm/ The duke, much aftonifhed at what he had heard .called his knights, the count de Vendôme, the count de Geneve, fir John and fir Peter de Bueil, J5r Morice de Maumi and others, to whom lie related what the enchanter had juft told him. They were very much furprifed, but feemed filling to give him faith for it. The duke then afked,—' Fair mafter, can oujr people march on this bridge of which you fpeak s ' as • . , 41


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