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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 409



to you ïn truth* I have in my houfehold a herald called Derby, who was, as he fays, pre-fent at this battle, and tells us that our country-mea performed wonders ; but I doubt it much, for 1 cannot conceive that any numbers could have been there, as my brother Cambridge, when he left, Portugal, brought back all the Engliih and Gafcons who had accompanied him. There are many heralds fuch liars, they exagge-rate or depreciate according to their affections O* diflikes; ai^fmce thefe boasted exploits can-not have been forgotten, I {hall thank you to be particular about them, whenever you fpeak of that part of the battle/ ( On my troth/ anfwered Lawrence, c there were not with our king, at the battle of Aijuba-rota, more than two hundred foreigners, includ-ing Engliih, Gafcons and Germans. The ablest captains among them were two Gafcons^ and a German from the dûchy of Gueldres, whofe names weref fir William dé Montfërrand, and Bernardpn, Gafcons* and .Albert the German. There were, a few EngJiJh archers ; but I never heap4 aay. name of note except of two fquires. Nortfcbury and Hartfel W1K aflisted at the council whenever.the king had it affembled.' * No\y relate to me how this famousr battle was fcpjght,9 fajid thç duke. « Willingly/ replied the fquirç, 1 for it was for this I fcim fent hithe*. I have already told you, that before the corona* tiop of our Hingat Coimbra, the king of Castille hac|. «|ifed the, fiege of Lifbon, on account of the great mortality in his army, and had retired to S^qtaren. He was greatly mortified when hi hei m


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