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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 209



deman, we wIU make ample restitution for what lit m§y have done, ihould he be unable fo to do him* felf. This order (hall be proclaimed, by found of trumpet, in all our quarters, and we wilt have it repeated when on the point of entering your terri-tories, fo that no one may excufe himfelf, by plead-ing ignorance, and in confequence aâ otherwife than honeftly. Tell me, if this be fatisfaâory to you/ * Yes, fir Walter/ replied the count, € I am con-tented with wha^t you fay f and you are welcome to this country, for I fee you with pleafure : but come, let us go to dinner, it is now time, and we can have fome further converfation. Accurfed be this war of Portugal, fir Walter ; for I never fuf~ fered fo irtuch as I did in one battle between the kings of Caftille • and Portugal, when I loft the flower of my men at arms from Béarn, who were there flain. When they took leave of me, J fore- ' warned them to ad with caution, for the Portuguefe were a hardy race, who, whenever they had the upper hand, (hewed mercy to none. I advife you, therefore, that when you and fir William de Lig-fcac, who are the commanders of the men at arm* that have paffed, and of thofe that are to follow, are arrived in Caftille, and the king afks counfel of you, you be not too hàfty in recommending a battle with the duke of Lancafter and the king of Portugal, without evident advantage, nor with the Englifli and Portuguefe ; for they are a hungry race, and the Englifli are, for two rendons, eager to %ht. They have not gained any thing for fome timeout rather 196


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