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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 414



called the count of Portugal ; for at that time 1 there were no kings of Portugal. There fell out a deadly hatred between thefe fwo brothers, caufed by a difpute in the divifion of the coun-tries, fo that there was not any chance of peace without the event of a battle being firft tried. The Portuguefe were as warm in the matter as the count, and declared they would rather be put to death than become fubject to Caftille. They therefore marched, in battle-array, to meet the king at Aljubarota. . The. king of Caftille came thither in fuch force that his army amounted to more than ten times the Portu-guefe, whom he held in the utmoft contempt. The battle took place on the plains of Aljuba-rota, and was very bloody; but, in the end, the Portuguefe gained the day, defeating the ene-my and making their king prifoner. By this capture, the count of Portugal obtained what-ever terms of peace he defired, and the boun-daries of the two kingdoms were firmly efta-blifhed. . • f The Portuguefe, fenfible that their victory -was owing to God's mercy, in enabling fo few to . overcome inch numbers, werç defirous to illuftrate their country,. and liai, thevç t count crowned king by the % nobles and .prelates, in ,the city of Coimbra. They carried hip in tri-umph throughout, the kjngdom witty a crown of laurel on his head, as a token of victoryy lifce to that which kings were ufed to weaj* in fopatr times, and ever fine? that day Portugal has had iP 404


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