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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 375



. sis This conference was holden in the cathedral church of St. Dominick at Lifbon, where many propofals were made, but not fuch as were worth recording. It was at last determined to fend to the duke of Lancaster, who claimed the crown of Castille, in right of the lady Constance, his duchefs, eldest daughter to don Pedro the cruel, and indite letters to him in fuch terms as thefe : That if ever he wifhed to claim the kingdom of Castille, and not furrender his right, which had been fome time in fufpenfe and nearly lost, now was the time for him to haften to Portugal, well accompanied by men at arms and archers. The count de Novaire, conftable of Portugal, thus fpoke at the conference : ' Since we have determined to fend to the duke of Lancafter, from whom we hope to have couufel and aflift-ance, and it is the wifeft meafure we can take to make us feared by our enemies, let usfelect the beft informed, and propereft perfons to carry our meflaçe to England, fo that the duke may be induced to come hither with fuch a force as may enable him, with what he receives from us, to oppofe and conquer his enemy. We may well fuppofe, the king of Caftille will caB for aid from the king of France and the French, as they know not where to feek adventures, for there is a truce between France and England until St. John the Baptift's day, and peace is now eftabKfhed be-tween France and the Flemings, who have found fhem full employment for lèverai years paft.* This


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