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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 372



duchies and countries -adjoining, and with their companions in war, • from whom I have never failed afking many questions for my informa-tion; and I have never willingly neglected, after having heard any fact, making every poffible inquiry to know the truth of it. During the time I " refided with the gallant count Gallon de Foix at Bèarn, I heard many of the tranfactions which had happened in Portu-gal ; but on my return home to Valenciennes in Hainanlt, having refted myfelf a while, my paf-fion for the history I had begun was renewed, and I bethought myfelf that I could not impar-tially continue it, having only heard that fide of the queftion which related to the King of Caftille. It was proper therefore, if 1 wiftied to avoid par-tiality, to hear what the Portuguefe bad to fay, as I had liftened to the Gafcons and Spa-niards in the caftle of Foix, and upon the road in going thither and in returning. Indifferent as to bodily fatigue, I fet out for Bruges expecting to meet fome Portuguefe and Lifboners, as many of that nation are generally there, I was moft fortunate in my journey, for it was told me, and I fince found it true, that if I had confidered for feven years, I could not have come more oppor-tunely to Bruges than at that moment. Ihad only to go to Middleburgh in Zealand, where I fhould find a valiant knight of Portugal, and of the king's council, called don Juan Ferrando de Portelet, who would give me a true account of se events that had paffed in Portugal, having been 362


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