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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 99



Is fo large and ill fortified, we cannot guard the whole ; and the Englifh arc fubtle in war : they will exert themfelves to conquer us, in hopes of plunder ; for they are, like all men at arms, eager to enrich themfelves; and this town is fuppofed to be more rich than in faû it is. I therefore think it JHoft advifable that we quietly fubmit to the duke and duchefs of Lancafter, and, by not foolifhly re* fitting, lofe more, but obtain peace on advantage, ous terms. This is the advice I give you/ . c They replied, they would follow it ; and, as he was a man of confideration in Bayona, they re* quefted him to anfwer the herald. * I will cheer-fully do fo j but we muft give him fome poney, which will bind him to our interefts, and induce him to make a favourable report to his lords/ € On this he advancefyto the herald, and faid i f You will return to your lords, and affurc them we are willing to put ourfelves under the obedience pf the duke and duchefs of Lancafter, in the fame manner other towns in Galicia have done, or may do. Now, go and do our bufifiefs veil, and we will give you twenty florins/ f The herald was delighted • on hearing this fpeech, and the promife of twenty florins ; faid; c Where are the florins ?' They were m-ftantly paid down, and he fet oflF, gaily, to rejoin the englifh army, ï T^he marfhal ^nd his companions, on feeing him return, afked what news he had brought I f Dp the townfmen mean to furrender, or wait the ftf tack V * By my faith, my lords/' replied the kerajd. 86


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