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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 140



.tri Jafr #ords; and faid with much good humorii** * What were you fpeaking of, my fair unclesy a| this moment with lb much earneftnéfs? I should like to hear it, if it be proper for me to know/ * Yes, my lord,' anfwered the duke of Berry $ c for what we were difc offing perfonally concern* you. Your uncle, my brother of Burgundy, has juft been complaining to me of the Flemings: thofe villains of Flanders have driven the earl their lord out of his country, and all the gentle-men; (. They are 'now* to the amount of a hun-dred thoufand men, befiegirjg Oudenarde, under a captain called Philip von Artaveld, an English* man for courage, who hasNfworn he will neve* break up the fiege until he has had his will on thofe of the town, unlefs you shall force him to it. This refervation he has made. Now* what do you fay to this ? will you âffift your coufin of Flanders to regain his inheritance, of which peafants^ in their pride and cruelty have depriv* ed him?' € By my faith, my dear uncles/ replied thé king, I have a very great inclination fo to do^ and in God's name let us march thither. I wish for nothing more than to try my ftrength in arms, for never hitherto have I had armour on. It i$ necefTary, therefore, if I wish to reign with ho-nour and glory, that I learn the art of war/ The two dukes, looking at each other, werf much delighted with what the king had faid; and the duke of Berry added,—* My lord, you Jaave very properly fpok^n, and you are bound t€T


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