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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 413



had told us truly when he faidf 4 Be aflured you will foon have a battle, fiuce you have Gafcons oppofed to you, for they like nothing better.* The king lodged on the morrow with his whole army at Leyria, two leagues from Aljubarota, where, on the next day, we came and fixed our quarters. The Caftillians followed ns, and en-camped on the fpot we had left, for they well knew by their fcouts our line of march. ç My lord, the Portuguefe have always had great confidence in God, and in the good for-tune which would attend them at Aljubarota ; and it was for this reafon they had now there encamped themfelves.* c Aye/ faid the duke, c pray tdl me why.* € Willingly,' ahfwered the fquire. c In former days, Charlemagne, who was king of France and emperor of Germany and Rome, and a great conqueror, overthrew, at Aljuba-rota, feven infidel kings, flaying upwards of one hundred thoufand *of thefe unbelievers, as it is folly related in all tmr oM chronicles. By this defeat, he won the city of Coimbra and all Portugal, which he turned to the Chriftian faith : and, in honour of this victory over the infidels, he erected and endowed a large monaf-tery for black monks, the revenues of which they were to receive as long as they fhould re-fide in Portugal. ' There was aHb another celebrated battle at this place about two hundred years ago, which was won by the brother of a king of Caftille, D d 2 called 403


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