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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 386



gaedtafgp* #f y*3 4o*y* ar^Mt fl**#s. We will treat yon like Jews, who aaiy eaift by «r having granted «h«M a truce, md ye lhall ht Hke them fefcjeeted to «s. This ye earns* daay, fince our king of Cafttte will become yaws aifo/ With feeh like %eechas did die Caiilians fi*w their rancour, whenever any of the tw nation met, during the reign cf den Fernando; and this eaused fo gneat a hatred of thrf Portugwfe to the Caftillians, that when aw king lay at the peint of death, the ettiaeos of the principal towns murmured much, and laid, 'It were bet-ter to fufer any thing than be under the fnb-jeetiea of Caftille/ € After the death of Fernando, who was busi-ed in the church of St. Francis, by the religious of that order in lifbon, the chief towns and cas-tles had elofed their gates. The LUboners, being acquainted with the intentions of the other three towns, Coimbra, Oportp and Onrique, feat for don John, the prefent king, and faid to him,— « Matter of Avis, we will make you our king although you be a baftard: we think the lady Beatrice, your niece, and queen of Caftille, is more of a baftard than you ; for the first hufband of the lady Leonora is now living. Since the crown is fallen between two haftards, we will choofe the one who will be to our greatefi advan-tage: the more fenfible part of the nation is in-clined to you; for never fhall a woman bear the crown of Portugal ; nor will we ever be under the obedience of Caftille. We had rather give up all


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