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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 290



IT #ts împoflïble to go abroad to forage*. The greateft pleafurf the • duke could have received would have been the information, that t% king of Caftille was on his march to offer him battle ; for he was well aware he could never other wife fuc-ceed in his claim on that kingdom. He was con-tinually making inquiries how the king of Caftille was employed, and he was anfwered,—* My lord, we learn from the pilgrims who come to Sant Jagof that he is not making any preparations to take the field, but has fhut himfelf and his men up in gar-' rifons* The duke of Bourbon is not yet arrived, nor is there any intelligence received of his coming/ The duke was advifed to remain but five days in Orenfe, and then march to Zamora, and endeavour . to force a pafiàge over the Duero by the bridge. The knight, on his return from efcortmg the Bre-tons TO Vilalpando, was aflted what were the num-bers in garrifon : he faid, 4 he had heard fir Oliver du Guefclin was there with one thoufand fpears, French and Bretons/ € It will be a good thing, my lord,* faid the conftable and fir Thomas Percy, « if we go thither and fMrmifh with them. Perhaps they may come out, and accept our challenge, for fome of them are very impatient to fignalize them-felves/ € I agree to it,* replied the duke ; cIet us . diflodge and march hence, for we can gain nothing by ftayitig longer here/ Orders for decampment on the morrow were iffued, and for the army to march towards Vilalpando, and then to Zamora. • We will now fay ibmething of the king of Por-tugal,


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