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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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what are your opinions of the Englifh? how do you think they will a& this feafon ?' * By my faith/ replied fome (for all gave their opinions), ' we can but ill judge what they will do, for the Englifh are very referved : and we can only guefs how they will a&, or whither they will march. We muft fuppofe that the duke of Lancafter will re-main all the enfuing winter in St. Jago, and his army thereabouts ; whence he will overrun GaK-cia, conquer fome fmall forts, apd lay in flores of provifion, until xhe return of fummer, when trea-ties will be formed between him and the king of Portugal, for them to a£k in concert. Perhaps a family-alliance may ,take place, for you will ob-ferve that the duke has brought with him his daughters, thofe that are married as well as the others : now, as there are two unmarried, we imagine the king of Portugal, your adverfary, will have one of them.* 4 What would you ad-vife me to do ?,? faid the king. * We will tell you, fire,' replied the knights. 4 Order all your ftrongeft caftles on the borders of Galicia tô he well guarded, and deftroy the fmaller ones. We learn that it is the cuftom of this country to fortify churches and towers, whereto the inhabit-ants of the fiat countries carry their wealth and ftock. This will turn out to their definition and the confufion of your kingdom ; for, when the Englifh take the field, thefe churches and towers will prove npobftacle to them : on the contrary, they will be recruited from the vi&ual they will there find, and continue the war with more vigour, and 27


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