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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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2^7 ' - ' - As •hoà as the Ënglifii îfeafnt that thé campé hear Sluyfc were broken up, and the invasion gived over, great imurmurings 'rôere general throughout England* Thofe who wifhed mifchîef, faid$— c What is riôw become of bur grand enterprifes ind éur valiant captains"? Would that pur gallant king ÊdwiM and his fon, the prince of Wales, were how alive ! We ufed to invade France and rebuff ëttf enemies, fo that they were afraid to fhèw themfelves^ or venture to engage us, and, when they did fo$ they were defeated. What a glorious expedition did our king Edwaxd, of kappy memory, make, whenhe landed in Normandy, and marched through France. After many battles and other fine- ex* ploies, he defeated king Philip and the whole powéf of the French at Crecy, and took Calais before hi teturned home. . Where are the knights and princes of England who can now do fuch things ? Did ikot likewife the prince of Wales, fon bf this gàilaûè pag, make prifonèr the king of France, and defeat his army at Poitiers, with the fmall force he -Jhad| tompared with that of king John ? In thofe days tfoe were feared, and our renown was fpreàd abfoid§ prherever chivalry wasefteemed ; but at this morhent we muft beftIent,for they know not how to tnàkë war, except on our poekets : for this they are ready^ enough. Only a child reigns now in France, and „yet he-his given us more alarms than any of his predeceflbrs, and fhews good courage and inclinai tiofc to invade us. • It wtfs not his fault, tw that of his advifersj that he did not attempt it; We hate feen the timrfwhen* if fuch a fleet had betaJfciltfwii


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