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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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ence, or until some more powerful prince fhonlà force him to it. « Confidermg what happened, the king of Castilie religioufly kept his row of not breaking up the fiege, unlefs forced to it by a more pow-erful lord, as I wilt explain. A most destructive pestilence burst out in his camp, fo that perfonr died fudflenly whilfl in converfation with each other. Upwards of twenty thoufand were Car-ried off by this plague $ which fo much alarmed the king, that he was advifed to break up the fiege, and retire to Santaren, or elfewhere, and disband his army until the diforder fhoùld be checked. He contented to this very unwittingly ; for he had folemnly fworn he would never leave the place until he had won it by fair or foul means ; but he was forced to it by the principal lords in his army, who preffed him to march to Santaren. * My Lord, We Pèrtuguefehave always thought, and have publicly faid, that the Almighty, to* afford us àflbtance, had^ eut of hisjprace, fent this peftilence among our enemies ; fot thofe m, the city wherein wê wèrf ptcfefed never felt the smallest attack from my fach ficknefe, nor did, we lofe a man, • •••• • " ' Our king when he few the Castillians march* • ing away,, made th* townfmeo and garrifon ol Lisbon arm* and* fallying but on horfeback, fell on the rear of-thofe who were not i n good arrayf broke their ranks, killed and wounded great nurtf-bers, and captured many ottheir stôçes. He alfo Hffued a proclamation, that no one, under pain of death, Ihould touch or'carry into Lisbon aliy of the provifions the Spaniards hadleft i$ t&eir camp, 8§Ô


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