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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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3tf kîrig of France in this expedition : eVen as far 2$ Germany, Savoy, and the lands of the count d'Armagnac. The earl of Savoy was retained with -five hundred lances ; as- wefe alfo the count d'Armagnac and the dauphin' of Auvergne ; and, becaufe thefe lords were fo dift&nf, they fent before them vaft ptovifion of ftores : and it was wonder-ful to fee the quantity of coftly articles that came to Flanders, by land and fea, through Damme, Bruges and Shiys. When St. John's day was come; all the grfeaf veffels in Holland, Zealand, Middleburgh, Dor-drecht, Schoenhoven, Leyden, the Brille, and other places near the fea, were fought for to carry this army from Sluys; but the Hollanders and the reft faid, that if they wanted, their veffels or that férvices, they muft pay them down the ferns agreed on, otherwife they would not ftir. They were wife in fa doing ; for they were inflantfy paid, before they would leave their houfes or harbours. Never, fmce God created the world, were there feen fuch . numbers of large fhips, as filled the harbours of Sluys and Blanckenburgh ; for, when ' they were counted, m the month-of September,-this fame year, they were twelve hundred and eighty-feven fhips. Their mafts, on coming from fea, appeared like a thick foreft. The conftable's fhip was building at Tregraer, in Brittany ; and the conftable had there con-ftfufted a town of frame-work, of large timber* which was to be put together, on their landing in England,* for the lords to retreat to, as a place of VOL. VI1L D fafety


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