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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.9

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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.9
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this, that the duke of Bourbon is on his march with two- thoufand men at arms, and will be eager to fignalize himfelf on his arrival. Now, confider, fhould all this force enter Galicia, what is there to oppofe it? Before we can collect our men and, form a junction, they will have done us considerable damage.' ' • 'Well, then/ replied the king of Portugal,* in the name of God, let us keep the field: my men are frefli and tinhurt, and equally willing with myfelf m abide the event.' The conference now broke up; and it was refolved they would wait the arrival of the duke of Bourbon, to fee if, when he had joined the Chilians, they would offer them battle. The Englifh and Portuguefe defired nothing more eagerly ; for the feafon was paling, and the heat mcreafing: it was about St. John's day, when the fun m at its height, and intolerably hot, efpecially in Caftille, Gra-nada, and countries far to the fouth. There had not fallen any rain nor dew fince the beginning of April, fo that the whole country was burnt up. The Ehglifh ate plentifully of grapes where-ever they found them; and, to quench their thirft, drank of the ftrong wines of Caftille and Portugal : but the more they drank the more they were ' heated ; for this new beverage in-flamed their livers, lungs and bowels, and was in its effect totally different from their ufual liquors. The Englifh, when at home, feed on frefh meats and &ood rich ale, which is a diet to keep their bodies wholefome; but now they were forced to drink hard and hot wines, of which they were not fparing, to ' drown their cares. The early part 7


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