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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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If tolling of the fea had as much affeâed them as if had done their makers, which made it needful to walk them about and take every care of them. When the (hips had been entirely cleared, the duke was aflced his pleafure concerning them. He replied, * Let all the faiiors be well paid, and take the ihips for tfieir pains : I (hall difmifs them, for I wifh ail the world to know, that I will never recrofs the fea to England until I be mafter of Caf-tille, or die in the attempt.* Thefe orders were obeyed ; and the faiiors being paid to their fatisfaâion, made fail, fome to Por-tugal, Lifbon, Bayonnjp, Brittany, or England, as they pleàfed, but none remained behind. The duke of Lancafter and his army were lodged in hûts covered with leaves, or in fuch houfes as they met with ; and remained before Corunna upwards of a month amufing themfelves j for the chief lords had brought hounds for their paftime, and hawks for the ladies. They had alfo mills to grind their corn, and ovens to bake : for they never jrillingly go to war in foreign countries without carrying things of that description with them. The foragers went daily in fearch of what fo* rage they could find : for, as they were in a poor deferted country, it was not very plentiful, which forced them to feek it at a diftance. The french knights at Corunna were eager to meet their ene-mies ; and, having learnt how fooliflily unguarded the foragers were, faid, they would fome day or other catch them, and make them pay, once for all, for what they had pillaged. ' Vou-VUL • C ' They


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