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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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laden with wines, faked meat?, bifcmf, and dthef things in fuch quantities, as might, ferve them rouf or five months, without requiring any thing front the country ; for the conftable knewj that wheh the Englifh fhould hear of his landing, they would de* ftroy ail the lowlands, to prevent him from having any fupport ; .and it was for this reafon he had pro* vided fuch immenfe flores. ' Another large fleet, to invade England, was like* wife prepared at Harfieur, by the lord de Coucy, the lord de St. Pol and the admiral of France, who were to embark on board of it with two thoufanji fpears ; but it was faid that this was fotely intended to force the duke of Lancafter to withdraw' himfelf and his army frorri Caftilleé ^ • • . ( The duke of Bourbon was ftill at Paris} for kô knew the duke of Lancafter muft return to Eng* land, and it would be unneceflary for him to take fo long a journey to Caftille. The army of the conftable confifted of Bretons, Angevins, Man* .ceaux, Saintongers, and knights and fquires from . the adjoining countries. That of the count de St Pol and the lord de Coucy was compofed from the ifle pf France, Normandy and Picatdy. Tlie duke of Bourbon had two thoufand fpeaïs from Berry, • Auvergne, Limoufin and lower Burgundy. . Such Was the distribution of the forces in France § and every man knew how he was to be employed, whe* m ther m England or Caftille., , England was, at this period, in greater d' than when the peafahts, under Jack Sti-aw, Rebellion, and marched to London j and T ¥OJL. VÎÏL Ct


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