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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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374 ' - . united them, and they lived together. This lady was crowned queen of Portugal with as much pomp and magnificence as ever queen of Por-tugal was; arid the king begot on her the lady Beatrice, now queen of Spain. c i rue it is that king Fernando, in his life-time (it was before the earl of Cambridge came with his army to Portugal) fummoned all the nobles, prelates, principal citizens of his realm, to Lifbon, and made them all fwear obedience to his daughter Beatrice, then only five years old; and pledge themfelves that they would ac-knowledge her as heirefs of the kingdom after his deceafe. He made them take this oath, as he had ordered, whether they would or not. The greater part knew well this daughter was a baf-tard, and born in adultery; for the hufband of her mother, don Lorenzo d'Acunha, refided in Caftille, and has outlived the king of Portugal. I believe, my lord, that had this child been a boy, the commonalty would have been more in-clined towards him ; for they declare they would rather die than live under fubjection to Caftille: Portugal and Caftille can never be thoroughly united, for the natives of both countries hate each other, and carry on their wars with as much bitternefs as the Englilh and Scots.' c The duke of Lancafter was much delighted with this converfation, and with Lawrcene Fon-gaffe's manner. He faid,—c Lawrence, at the time you are talking of, where was doh John, the prefent king?* * By my faith, my lord/ an- fwered


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