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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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m • Coney, fir William de Namctr, andfo many of tfhe great lords of France that I can never name them. It was faid that twenty thonfand knights and fquires were to embark for England, which was indeed a goodly company, with about the fame number of crofs-bows, including the Genoefe, and twenty thoufand flout varlets. Sir Oliver de Cliflbn was fjtill in Brittany making his preparations, and equipping his fleet at the port of Treguier, from whence he intended to embark his wooden town, that was to be put together, and ere&ed on his landing in England, as you have before heard. ' The flower of breton chivalry was to accompany the conftable, fuch as the* vifeount de Rohan, the lords de Rays, de Beaumanoir, de Laval, de Rochefort, de Male-droit, the vifeount de Combor, fir John de Male-ftroit, the lord de Dînant; the lord d'Ancenis, and five hundred fpears, all picked men. The con-ftable had always declared, that* no one ought to be employed m this expedition if he were not a., good man at arms and fuch as could be depended on. He had faid to the admiral,—* Be careful not to fuflfer any boys or fervants to embark on board the fleet, for they will do us more harm than good.' And the knights, ualefs they were of high rank, or had hired veflels for themfelves, were not allowed to take with them • more than one horfe and one fervant. To fay the truth, their arrangements were very well made; and it %as the opinion of many, that if the army could have been lahded together at the place they had fixed on hi Orwell bay, the whole country would ••. • ' • have


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