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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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gracious in giving victory over the potent king of Caftille, the gain of the field and difcom-. fitnre of his enemies.' By this fortunate victory which the king of Portugal had over don John of Caftille, as I have juft related, he won fo much the affections of all Portugal, that thofe, who before this battle had diffembled their fentiments, now came to Lifbon, took the oaths, and paid their homage to him, faying he was worthy to live, and God muft love him when he gave him the victory over a king more powerful than himfelf, and that be deferved to wear a crown. Thus did the king acquire the love of his fubjects, more efpecially of the whole commonalty of the kingdom. We will now fay fomething of the king of Caftille, who, after his defeat, retreated to San-taren, regretting and bewailing the lofs of his men, and curling the hard fate he had had, when fuch numbers of noble knights of his kingdom as well as those from France lay dead on the field. At the time he entered the town of San-taren, he knew not the greatness of his lofs, but was made acquainted with it on the Sunday, when he fent his heralds to examine the field of battle, having imagined the greater part of thofe barons and knights whom they found lying dead had been prifoners to the Portuguefe. He was fo much enraged when the heralds returned, on learning the names of thofe who had fallen and the certainty of their deaths, ' that he could not • be 290


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