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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 384



•afe de Merlo, fir Alleyne Pereira, marfhal, and John Radighos de Sar. Several barons were with the king, whofe efcort was but three hundred fpears. On their arrival at Orenfe, the king was lodged be-coming his date, and much at his eafe, and the place was full of horfes. The king, duke and lords, were five days in council, and determined to make an excurfiop, with the united armies, towards Me-dina del Campo and Vilalpando, where fir Oliver du Guefclin, conftable of Caftille, and the ' largeft garrifon of Frenchmen were ftationed. They were puzzled how to cçofs the Duero, which at times is dangerous, and more fo in the fummer, from the melting of the fnows on the mountains, than in the winter, when it is frozen, like all other fmall ftreams. Notwithftanding this difficulty, they refolved to march for Campo, in the hopes of finding a ford ; and orders were iffued to the armies for this effed. They were well pleafed to receive them, for they had fuffered very feverely at Orenfe, and in thofe parts ; and many had been carried off by ficknefs. The king of Portugal and the duke of Lancaf-ter left Orenfe together ; but their armies were fe-parated, becaufe they were not acquainted, nor un-derstood each other's language, and likewife to prevent any difputes or riots that might fall out between them ; for the Portuguefe are paflionate, overbearing, and not e^fily pacified, and the Englifli are fpiteful and proud. The conftables and mar-fhals of each army, when they fent out parties to - forage, ordered them to take feparate routes. Thefe 371


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