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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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' « m for it.9 € Pray, fir,§ bid I, $ have the Modiids to tell me if there be any great difference betweea them/ 4 No, God help me : the only difference is Glay-aquin inftead uf Glefquin, or Guefclin. I will tell you whence this furname is derived, ac-cording to what I have heard the old people ia Brittany fay, and it is certainly true, for you may find it written in the old chronicles of Brittany/ This fpeech gave me great pieafure, and I replied, —c Sir, I fhall think myfelf much obliged by your fo doing; and what you lay fhall not be forgotten* for fir Bertrand du Guefclin was fo renowned a knight that his reputation ought to be augmented by every poffible means/ * That is true/ laid the knight, and thus began : € In the reign of Charlemagne, that great con-queror, who added fo much to Chriftendom and France ; for he was emperor of Rome as well as king of France and Germany ; and whofe body lies now at Aix la Chapelle. This king Charles, as is feen in the ancient chronicles (for you know that all the knowledge we poffefs in this world we owe m writing, and upon no other foundation can we de-pend for truth but on what is contained in appqpved. books), was feveral times in Spain, where he once remained for nine years without returning to France, but conquering all before him. At this time there was a pagan king, called Aquin, who reigned over Bugia and Barbary, that lie oppofite to Spain. The kingdom of Spain was very confiderabie, if you follow its coails from St. Jean du Pied des Ports, for


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