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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 117



expedition would never fucceed * and forefeeiag what would happen, whenever they could atnafs any money, like wife men, fet out on their return home. The poor knights and fquires, who were not retainers on the great lords, had expended their all ; for every thing was fo dear in Flanders, they had difficulty in procuring bread or wine* If they wifhed to pawn their wages or arms, they could not obtain a farthing for what, when new, had coll them large fums. There were fuch crowd* at Bruges,.Damme, Ardembourg, and particularly at Sluys, when the king arrived, that it was dif* ficult to find any lodgings. The lords de St. Pol, de Coucy, d'Antoing, and the dauphin of Auvergne, with other barons from France, remained at Bruges to be more at their eafe, and every now and then rode over to Sluys, to inquire from the king when they were to embark. They were told, within three or four days ; or when the duke of Berry fhould arrive, or when the wind was favourable. There was always fome delay ; but the time paiTed, and the days became fhorter and cold, with bad weather* Many of the lords were difcôntented they were fa long in embarking, for their provifion would bç fpoiled. . • » While they were waiting for the duke of Berry and the conftable, the king of Armenia, who refided in France, on a penfion from the king of fix thoufand francs, defirous to make a journey to England, in hopes of bringing about a peace, or £t leaft a truce between the two kings, left his . hôtel - 104


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