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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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details at Middleburgh, in Zealand, where he was,, on his way to Pruffia. I have -already told his name, but I will repeat it: he was called John Fernando Portelet, who informed me as follows : 4 When the duke of Lancafter was returned to Sant Jago, from the frontiers of Portugal, fir Thomas Moreaux, the marfhai of his. army, faid to him, that he was unwilling to remain in idle-nefs; and that, fince they were in an enemy's country, he would make fome excurfions to con-quer towns or cailles, and employ the army, who were very anxious for it. c He gave his orders accordingly, and declared he would penetrate into Galicia farther than he had hitherto been, and would not leave town nor caftle behind him, without their fubmitting to the duke. He began his march from Sant Jago, with fix hundred lances and twelve hundred archers, and took the road to Pontevedra, a good town of Galicia, which held out for the king of Caftille. c The townfmen were well aware of the intended attack ; for all the inhabitants of the flat countries fled before the Englifh, to different towns, to fave themfelves and fortunes. When the marfhai came before the place, the inhabitants were in deep con-futation, whether to furrender or to defend them-felves, but they were not unanimous. The lower forts of inhabitants wanted to furrender inftantly : the bailiff, (who had been ordered thither by the king to guard and defend it) with thofe who were the richeft, wifhed to hold out ; for they faid, that an fliftant furrender would not redound to their fconou* x 76


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