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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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and wifhing' to bear arms, having never done fo but in Lombardy with his brother, finding him-felf at Calais, and at the head of fo fine a body of men at arms, faid to his companions, c For what pnrpofe,, my. good firs, are we thus waiting, here fo long ? Sir William Beauchamp will never ar-rive, and the king and his uncles haye totally for-gotten us. Let us perform fome deeds of arms, fince we have been ordered'fo to do, and loyally ' employ the money of the church, fince we are living upon it, and make conquefts on our ene-mies/ c It is well fpoken,1 replied thofe who. heard him. ' Give notice, to our men, that in three days we shall make -an excurfion, and let us de-termine to what part we shall march. We cannot iffue out of the gates of Calais without entering an enemy's country : for France fur-rounds us on all fides, as well towards Flanders as towards Boulogne and St. Omer:, Flanders is now a conquered country, by the power of the* king of France. Confidering all things, we can-not do a more honourable exploit than to rebon-quer it; for the earl of Flanders has done great injuftice to. our cquntrymen, whom, without any apparent reafon, he has . banished. from Bruges and Flanders. Two years ago, he would not willingly have done fo ; but at tlis moment hemuftobey the orders and good pleasure of the king, of France.' % On which account^' fakl the^ bishop ofjNorwich, Vif I may be believed,1 -the* firft expedition we undertake should be to Flan* der*.* • • , ' ~ • 'You 367.


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