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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 62



• Ifaould be completely deftroyed, they would come ' to his aid by fea, through Galicia or Portugal ^ and .if their enemies ftill remained in that country, they would drive theni out of it in a handfome manner, and within the year put an end to ail . thefe wars. The king of Caftille contented himfelf with this anfwer as well as he could : indeed, he could not help hiojfelf ; for none came to him from France, excepting thofe who had defended the caftle of Corunna. All knights and fquires, however great their diftance in the kingdom, haftened to Paris, Lille and Douayj and the whole of that country* to the extent of fourteen leagues,. was filled with men at arms and their followers. The multitudes were fo great, that thofe who fuperintended the {hipping, notwithftanding the number of veflels, declared they could not all be tranfported at once, by at leaft forty thoufand men. - It was ordered, that no one was to be received on board the tranfports but true men at arms; and no knight was to have .more than one variet, nor any great baron more than two fqnines* Na horfes were to be embarked but thofe of the prin-cipal lords; and this was fo ftri&ly obferved at Sluys that the names of none were written down for the paflage, nor receded on board, but good men. at arm. •. There was fuch a rafcaily crew in Flanders, in the country of Tourney, and in the caftlewtcks of Lille, Douay and Artois, that they ' devoured and plundered every thing to the great •lofs of the poor inhabitants, on whom they lived, VOL. VOL £ ^ though .49 •


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