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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 130



vife the king to do fo ; for, fhould any accident happen to him, the whole blame would be laid on us for having confented to it.' c In God's name,' replied the king of France, * I am refolved to go, fhould no one follow me/ The lords / laughed, and faid the king has a ftrong inclination to embark. It was determined in this council, that the in-vafion fhould be deferred to April or May j and. that what ftores could be preferved, fuch as bifcuit, faked meat and wine, fhould be put in warehoufes : and regulations were made, for the men at arms to return to Sluys in the month of March. All this was fôon known ; and thus was the grand expedition broken up, which had coft France one hundred thoufand francs, thirty times told. The council had ordered that the king fhould return to France, and the different lords to their homes ; that all things fhould remain on the fame footing on which they then refted until the fpring, when every one fhould be prepared to obey the king's fummons, and commence their voyage under more fortunate aufpices than at this moment. It would have furprifed any one to have feen the rage of the knights and fquires on hearing thefe orders : more efpecially thofe who had come from diftant parts, and had expended all their money, in the hope of amply repaying themfelves in Eng-land. Among them were the count de Savoye, the count d'Armagnac, the count dauphin d'Au-% vergne 117


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