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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 382



. ëê§ - . tjie winës fo ftropg and ardent, that .thegr a#eûe/A .their heads, ftomachs and boWels, and thqy had nqt rPiy jferhedy ; for there was a great fcarcity of good Water to temper them with, or to cool theui. Their •food was contrary to what tfyey had always been àccuftpmed to ; for jn their owp country they live •at their èafe, whilft npw^they were burnt with exter-nal and internal heat The greateft lords were in the utrnoft poverty and diftrefs; and fuch effiefts, as were natural, followed, yttiiçh I lhall relate to you. The englifh knights and fquires, feeing their dif* Acuities increase* from the fçarcity of forage and tfye # extreme heat of the weather, began to murmur and :fay,r*-c Our expedition leems drawing to a pocyf -tend} for we remaip too long i& one place/ € That is true/ replied others ; * and we have anothd* thing .much againft us : we hive brought women, wfyo only wifh to remain quiet J and for one day that they are inclined to travel, they will repofe fifteen. It is this which has checked us, and will be our de-finition ; ifor if, on owr landing at Cofunna* we had advanced into £he country, we ihouid have fu* deeded m putting it under our obedience; for no^e would have dared: to dppofé us : but thefe long re* fidences have encouraged our ..enemies, who haye ftrengtherued their ftrong places, tand reinforced - their towns and caftla.with men at arms.from France ; and have alfo pofted. them in the narrow • pallies,, and along the rivers to guard and defend them. They, will defeat jus without a battle j for •VOL. VIIL Bb they


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