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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 360



the country round about. They bore banners an4 pennons with only the arms of England, for the Jong would have it known it was his perfonal quarrel. / News was carried to the dukes of York and GIo-jcefter, that the duke of Ireland was on his march to London with fifteen thoufand men ; that they were already at Oxford^ and that he bore the king's own banners. It was time for them to confider how |Q a£jt : they fummoned all the principal leaders in London for wealth or power to a conference at Weftminfter, wherein they told them how the duke of Ireland was marching againft them with a large force. The citizens, like perfons prepared to obey the will of the king's uncles, for they were in truth all fo inclined, replied,—' Be it fo, in God's name : if the duke of Ireland demand battle from us, he ihajl have it* We will not fhut a gate for his fifteen thoufand men : no, nor for twenty thoufand, if he fiad them/ The dukes were much contented with this an-fwer, and inftantly employed * numbers of perfons to affemble knights and fquires from all parts, and archers from the principal towns. Thofe whom the dukes had fummoned obeyed, as was juft,v for they had fworn fo to do. Men came from the tounties of Norwich, Kent, Southampton, from Arundel, Salisbury and the country round London. Many knights and fquires came thither alfo, without knowing whither they were to be fent or concluded. 347- CHAP,


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