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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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chofe, to chastife rebels ; for they had been com-manded by their lord, the king of Castille, who was the true lord of Portugal, to enter that Country, and plunder it ; and, the inhabitants being rebels, they were carrying them away as prifoners. ' You (hall not carry them away, nor their property neither,' faid fir John Portelet ; c for we will take them from you, as you have not any right thus to act. Do you not know that we have a king of our own, who has fworn to govern juftly, and punifh all thieves and rob-bers ? I therefore order you, in his name, to lay down all that you have pillaged in Portugal, or elfe we'fhall fight with you, having juftice on our fide.' ' € Sir Adioutalle de Toledo anfwered,—€ As for our prifoners, we will not for certain yield them up ; but* in regard to other matters we will con- ftder of it/ # 1 * The Câftillian chiefs then withdrew to hold a confultation, and plainly (hewed, by what fol-lowed, that although they had thus vauntingly advanced to Treutoufe, they would readily have been excufed a battle. " After a fhort delay, they faid, that in regard to the cattle, they had de-termined to give them up, as well as the horfes, •and other things which would embarrafs them on their return, but that they would keep the prifoners. 'Oh but,' replied the Portuguefe, '"it fhall not be fo : for you muft give up all, or fight.* The battle, upon this, commenced very fharply, for neither party fpared itfelf : they were both active, and the field of battle ' * * - was


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