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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
page 272



day be ours, you will reign king of Portugal, and be prized and honoured in all countries wherever you fhall be known. You can only have the complete government of this kingdom by a battle ; and I give you as an example king don Henry, your coufin, the father of don John of Caftille. He gained all his inheritances by the fword, and would never otherwife have fucceed-,ed; for you know how the power of the prince of Wales replaced don Pedro on the throne, when afterwards, by the event of the battle be-fore Montiel, he forfeited his life, and dou Henry regained poffeflion of the kingdom. He in that day rifked his own perfon as well as that of his friends ; and you must do the fame if you wifli to live with honour.' € By my head/ faid the king, € you fay well ; and I will not ask other advice, but follow this, which is much to my advantage.' The council now broke up^ and orders were given for the army to march in three days time, to choofe a proper pofition to wait for the enemy. The gates of Lifbon were kept fo clofely fhut that no perfon whatever was allowed to quit the town ; for the king and the inhabitants would not that the Spaniards fhould know their intention nor their numbers. The Englifh were much pleafed when they learnt they were to march towards Santaren, where the king and his army lay. Every one now prepared his arms ; the archers their bows and arrows, each according to his rank. On a ^Tiurfday, in the afternoon, the king with his ' ' ' . ' army 262


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