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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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to Wait for fair weather ; for, during thefe four days, it rained inceflantly, and the rivers were much fwellecL There are, in Galicia, many rivers which are fo greatly increafed by the mountain-torrents, that they are very dangerous to pafs. While waiting for a change in. the weather, they held a council, whether they fhould march for Be-fances* or Ribadane t, which is a ftrong town, and inhabited by the moft infolent and treacherous people in all Galicia* 4 On the fifth day, the Englifh diflodged from Bayona, and took the field. The Weather was now temperate, and the rivers, to their great joy, reduced to their ufual fize. They rode towards Ri-badavia without any oppofition ; and, as no one came out againft them, they thought themfelves lords of Galicia. They arrived near the town, with a large train of baggage, horfes and victual-lers, and encamped in a grove of olive trees, on a handfome plain, about half a league from the place. They refolved to fend a herald to parley with the townfmen, before they made any preparations for the attack j for the marfhal well knew they were the falfeft and worft people in all Caftille, extenfive as it is ; and that they paid no regard to the king, nor to any one but themfelves, depending on the ftrength of their town* * The herald, before he fet out, was charged to learn their intentions | but, when he came to the barriers he found them and the gate clofed* He f Q. Betancos, f Ribadane,—probably intended for Ribadavia, fbouted 89


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