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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 385



fwered the fquire, c he was in Portugal, at the head of a noble establifliment " of gentlemen, who bear an order of chivalry from beyond fea. There are full two hundred knights of this order, who are dreffed in white mantles with a red crofs on them : he is the chief, and called the Master of Avis. * The king gaVe him this appointment, but thought nothing more about him; nor, indeed, did he any way concern himfelf, or intermeddle with thç affairs of Portugal, nor ever form any intrigues for the crown. Certainly, had the king gueffed that he could have been what he is now, the love he bore the lady Leonora and her daugh-ter would have made him put him privately to death ; but feeing him live quietly with his bro-ther knights, without interfering in any thing elfe, he fuffered him to go on without interruption. ( With regard to the quarrel between the Caf-tillians and Portuguefe, if I fay the truth, I muft own the CastiUians have been alone to blame/ How fo?' afked the duke. I will tell you,' replied the fquire. c When they faw the king of Portugal give his daughter in marriage tothe king of Castille, it feemed to them as if he had done fo by way of buying a peace for them, - and that we were afraid of them. Upon this they gréwproud and arrogant, and made ufe of fuch fpeeches as follow, which the Portuguefe were forced to hear: € Oh now, ye Portuguefe, who are as favage as beasts, the time is coming when we fhall have a B b 4 good 575"


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