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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.8

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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.8
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' fcf the duke, who knew well, before he left Eng-land, that fir John de Maleftroit, the lord de Maleftroit, the lord de Cambor, Morfonace, wkh a number of other knights and fquires from Brit-tany, had blockaded Breft, under the command of the conftable ; fo that when he learnt the eagernefs his knights expreffed for fome deeds of arms, he ordered his admiral, the lord ThomasPercy, and his conftable, lord John Holland, to fleer the fleet to-wards Brittany, for he wiflied to vifit the caftle of Breft and his countrymen who were within it. This order gave great joy to the Englifh ; and don Alphonfo Vietat, who °was admiral in chief, and well acquainted with thefe dangerous feas, took the lead, for the reft of the fleet, to follow him. The weather was now delightful, and the fek fo calm, it was a pleafure to be on it : tlîe fleet advanced with an eafy fail, and arrived at the mouth of Breft harbour, where waiting for the tide, they entered it in fafety. The clarions and trumpets founded fweetly from the barges and the caftle. Sir John de Maleftroit and his companions were feated -at table,, when the news was brought them of the arrival of the englifh fleet : they iu-ftantly leaped up and armed therafolves. They knew, that as foon as the duke of Lancafter had landed, they fhould have an engagement ; for the • Englifh were come te raife the blockade. . - They were not long in making themfelves ready, and amounted to about three hundred men at arms, knights and fquires. The Englifh were rejoiced at finding themfelves in Breft harbour, and that the 1 ' : Bretons lo


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