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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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• 95 9 CHAP. XIII. THE KING Of FRANCE GOES TO LILLE, WITH THE INTENT TO INVADE ENGLAND.—SIR SIMON BUR-LEY ADVISES THE REMOVAL Of THE SHRINE OF . ST. THOMAS ' A BECK ET FROM CANTERBURY TO ' DOVER CASTLE, FOR FEAR OF THE FRENCH. J^T this period (1386), the number of fhips, gal-leys and veffels of every defcription, which, had been colle&ed to carry over to England the. king of France and his army, were fo great, that the oldeft man then living had never fern nor heard of the like. Knights and fquire» were arm-ing on all fides, and, when they quitted their homes, they faid,—c • We will invade thefe curfed Englifh, who have done fuch mifchief to France, and now avenge ourfelves for the loflfes they have caufed us by the deaths of our fathers, brothers or friends/ It was twelve weeks before all the pur* veyances of the different lords were ready and em-barked, fo grandly had they provided themfelves. The report was kept up for fome time in Flanders, that the king would be there on the morrow, to haflen them. Men were continually arriving from Gafcony, Armagnac, the Touloufain, Bigorre, Com-minges, Auvergne, Berry, Umoufin, Poitou, An* jou, Maine, Brittany, Touraine, Biois, Orleans, Beaucc, Normandy, Picardy, and from every pro-vince


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