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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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of Avis (who .figns himfelf kin^ of Portugal, though he can have no fuch right; being a fcaf-tire) has taken the field. He is at Aijubarota at this moment with all the force hé cari mufter, but it is not anj way great : if it {herald there-fore happen that he make his efcape from us, and avoid a battle, you wifl run the rift of fhe pétfpie rifiûg and flaying you; or the king, cotf-fidering you as traitors, will have you beheaded, and your eftatés confiscated. 1 therefere fee no better means for you than being filent, and agreeing with thofe who have been actors in more matters of this • fort than you ever have been engaged in, or ever will be.* ' As fir Reginald ended this fpeech, the king raifed his eyes from the ground, arid feemed highly pleafed with what he had heard : the Spa-niards,- on the contrary, were thunderftruck, and thought, at the moment, they had done worfé than they really had; for, notwithHanding the marfhal had thus oppofed and reproved them, they had wifely and prudently advifed the king,; for he could not have had better counfel; but his valour and franknefs made him fpeak as follows,, in compliance with the French and the ftrangfer* prefent, who were eager for battle. Everjr bnfe was filent, when the king faid,—* In the naine of GOD and my lord St. James, I will that we combat our enemies, and that thofe who défire knighthood, may advance, and receive the older of chivalry in honour of GOD and St. George.* Many fquires of France and Beam came .for-ward, and were knighted by the king's hand ; ' ' " fuch S74


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