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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.7

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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.7
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their intentions were. It is indifferent to me whether I enter armed or difarmed, provided I Cpeak with them and learn their will. He quit-ted the place where he then was, and rode on unarmed, with five others only, and difmounted at the barriers, leaving his men behind. * When thofe on guard faw the manner in which he had arrived, they opened the barriers, and received him handfomeiy. The inhabitants were aflem-hled m a-fquare of the town, when he thus ad-fheffed them,—* Ye men of Santaren, listen to what I am about to say : I am fent hither with orders to demand from you the rèafons why you have rebelled, have fhut your gates, and flain thé king's allies who were coming to affist him. ;Know that the king is violently enraged against you; for he has been informed you have taken pôffefïion of the two castles of the town, which are his inheritance, and are willing to furrender 4hem to his enemies of Portugal.' c May it pleafe your grace, fir Reginald, we wifh not to furrender them, nor deliver them up into any other hands than thofe of the king of* Caftille, ^rom whom we hold them* but let him govern us in peace and with juftice. What we have done ^hasbeen caufed by thefe pillaging Bretons whQ wete quartered in-the town, and from their out-rages; for, had we been Saracens, or worfe peo-ple, they could not have more wickedly behaved, in forcing our wives and daughters, breaking open our coffers, deftroying our ca&s of wine, «ild ill-treating atnd wounding us whenever w -1 " ' ' *: ' * complain 249


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