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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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sm there is no treafury, however rich, but men at arms will drain it : whoever is defirous of their Cervices muft pay them weU,. if they expect any advantage from them. It muft certainly have coft the duke immenfe fums of money; but thofe who funk his treafury the deepeft were the earl of Savoy and the Savoyards.. That earl, however, and a great many of his knights, died on this expedition, .which weakened the duke of Aiyou in men. It was on this account that he fent to France to implore the affiftance of his. brothers the dukes of Bçrryand Burgundy, who did not fail him in his neceffities, but replied that they would fuppôrt him with men and money. Thefe two dukes confidered who would be the proper perfons to fend on this expedition. After having maturely weighed every thing, • they thought they could not fix better than on the gallant lord de Coucy and the lord d'Anghien, count de Converfano*, whofe earldom is situat-ed in la Puglia. ' ' • Thefe two lords, having been folicited to un-dertake the bufinefs by the king of France and his uncles, cheerfully complied, for it was high-. ly honourable to them. They instantly began 1 their preparations, and fet off as fpeedily as pos-fiblè with a handfome company of menât arms: • but when they arrived at Avignon, and were bufily employed in forwarding their troops and other bufinefs, certain intelligence was brought * Converfano is a town ' in the ' Neapolitan dominions, near Bari : its bishoprick is fufiragan to Bari. " • them


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