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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 283



bishop ; €. Sir, you know on what terms we bave left England : our expedition has nothing to do with what concerns the wars of kings,*but is folely pointed again ft the, Clementifis. We are the fckliers of pope Urban, who has given us abfolutiqn from all faults if yre deftroy the Cle-mentifis. ' Should we.march into Flanders, not-withstanding that. country may now appertain to the king of France and duke of Burgundy, we shall forfeit our engagement j for I undef-ftand, that the earl of Flanders and all the Flem-ings are as good Urbanilis as ourfelves^ befides, we have not a efficient army to enter Flanders, for they are prepared and accufiomedto war,hàv-inghad nothing elfe to do for thefe laft four yearn. They are a numerous people, and it will be dif-ficult to march through fo ft rang a. aountry. But if you be determined on. an expedition, let us march into France, there we fhall fitidtotfr enemies. The king, our lord, is now* kt open war with thefo, and the French are all Oàfrienf-ifts, holding â contrary faith to us and to am pope. We ought to wait for our marfhai iir William Beaucbamp* who cannot fail to arrive foon with large rdnfèroements ; ttnd the laft word the king faid to ps was, .that he'Would fend him. ' I therefore advife, fince you are:refolved on an expedition, that we march towards Aire or Montrieul ; none will venture, as yet, toop-pofe us, and we fhall add to our numbers bythe Flemings who, having loft their all, wiU come and join us in the hopes of gain. They haveftii rankling in their minds the pn$fortunes the French •269


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