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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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mê equally dread him. It was fuppofed, indeed I have heard it from the Tartars, that the cham would have been more hard on the emperor of Constantinople and that country, had he not been afraid of Amurat. He is well acquainted with his jealous temper; and that, the instant he finds any one more powerful than himfelf, he never rests until he fhall have lowered him, and brought him under his fubjection. It was the knowledge of this that prevented the cham from doing all he could have done against the emperor of the east/ * Does Amurat keep on foot a large army?5 c Yes ; he was not thirty years of age before he had an army of one hundred thoufand horfe, which he always kept in the field, never quarter-ing bimfelf in any large town : befides, he had ten thoufand Turks to ferve and defend his perfon. Wherever he marches, he carries his father with him/ f How old is he ?' c He is fall fixty years old, and his father is ninety. Amurat loves the French language, and thofe who come from France : he fays he would rather fee the king of France and his state than all the other po-tentates of the earth. He is greatly pleafed when any one talks to him on this fubject, ana in favour of the lords of that country.' ' Why does Amurat remain on terms with the cham fince he is fo great a conquerpr?' € Becaufe the cham is afraid ofhim, and dares not make war : there are, alfo, certain ports and towns in Tartary which pay Amurat heavy duties : they are both of the fame faith, and will %aot destroy their law. It has been a great matter of wonder to him that Christians


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