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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
page 48



had any on* had a fever or toothache, he would have got rid of them by running from one place to another. The converfations which were over-heard between the French fhewed they confidered England would be ruined and deftroyed, beyond refource, the men put tofc death, and the women and children carried in flavery to France. The king of England and his council were duly informed of thefe grand preparations ; and it was confidently affirmed and believedm that the French would not fail to invade the country, as they had fworn they would do fo. It is not ftrange that fuch formidable preparations fhould require the utmoft attention, nor would it be matter of fur* prife if the Englifh were at firft much alarmed, for, immenfe as thefe armaments were, they were greatly magnified} and it was not certain whether they were meant to invade England, or attack Calais by fea and land ; for the Englifh knew well there was not a town the French were more de* firous of regaining than Calais* On this account, great flores of corn and other grain, faked meat and fifh, wines and brandies, were fent from, England to Calais. . Sir Thomas Holland, earl of Kent, fir Hugh Calverley, fir William Elmham, the earl of Angus, fir Walter Warren, fir Walter Paul, fir William Touchet, fir Lewis de Montalban, fir Colars if Ambreticoujt, were ordered thither to defend it, and with then! five hundred men at arms and as many archers. The earl of Arundel and lord Henry Defpenfer put to fea with forty large .fhips, having on board D 2 three 35


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