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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 73



. • ' CHAP. XL THE KINGS OF CASTILLE AND PORTUGAL ASSEM-BLE THEIR FORCES.—PEACE MADE BETWEEN THEM AGAINST THE WILL OF THE ENGLISH. DON John of Caftille was not idle in collect-ing numbers of men at arms. Two thoufand fpears, knights and fquires, and four thoufand infantry, had come to him from France: he had, befides, in his own country, ten thoufand horfe, and as many foot. As he refided at Seville, he was not ignorant of the fummons which the king of Portugal had iffued : he therefore, finding him-felf the ftrongeft, thought he fhould act more honourably in this war, if he fent to the king of Portugal, to afk him to fix on any fpot in his dominions, where the two armies could meet, and fight it out; and that, if he would not,.he Would pffer a place in Spain for the combat. He therefore fent a herald with this meflage, who rode on until he came to Lifbon, where he delivered it to the king, word for word. The king replied to the herald, that he would maturely con-sider the option given to him, and would fend to the king of Spain his final anfwer. The herald, having executed his commiffion, took leave of theMjig, and returned to Seville. Hr found there the king and his barons, as veil as thofe who had come from France, Arra- 60 8°?


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