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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 347



Christians fhould make war on each other; and he has frequently had an inclination to enter Chriftendom and conquer all hefore him. It would have been to my advantage if he had con-quered me rather than the cham of Tartary/ They afked the king of Armenia, why it would have been to his advantage; who replied,— * Amurat is a man of noble birth ; and, were he thirty years younger, is formed to make, great conquefts wherever he fhould pleafe to march his army, When he conquers any country or town, he only infifts on the payment of a tax, leaving every one to follow his own religion ; and he has never taken any man's inheritance from him, only requiring the fupreme govern^ ment of the country. It is for thefe reafons, I fay, that if he had conquered Armenia, in-ftead of the Tartars, he would have left me my kingdohp and religion, and remained in peace, on my acknowledging him as lord pa-ramount, like other great barons on his fron-tiers, Greeks and Thracians, _ who • thus ac-knowledge him, to free themfelves from all danger from the caliph of Babylon and the grand cham/ € What are the names of thefe barons?' 4 I will tell you/ anfvyered the king: € firft, there is the lord de Satàlia, the lord de la Palice and the lord de Haute-loge : thefe lords and their territories, by means of the tax they pay to Amurat, remain in peace, and there is neither Turk nor Tartar that dares injure them*/ * Sauvage, in a marginal note, says he would willingly VOL. VII. Z The 337


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