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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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part «rf the Bight is warm, from thé great heat of the day, but, toward fun-rife, it is very cold, which afflicted them forely; for they flept with-out covering,* and (Juite naked, from the heat of the weather, and the wine, fo that when morn-ing came they were chilled by the change "of air, which checked all perfpiration, and flung them into fevers and fluxes, fo as to carry them off inftantly to their graves. Thus died very many of the barons and knights, as well as of the lower ranks; for thefe diforders fpared none. CHAP. II. THE DUKE OF LANCASTER DISBANDS HIS ARMY.— THREE ENGLISH KNIGHTS, HAVING OBTAINED PASSPORTS, HÉJT ON THE KING OF CASTILLE, TO NEGOTIATE A RETREAT FOR THE MEN AT ARMS THROUGH HIS KINGDOM. GOOD or evil fortune depends upon a trifle. You may readily believe that the duke of Lancafter, having gained a footing in Caftille, would never have loft, by, any defeat in battle, fuch numbers as he was now daily doing by ficknefs* He himfelf was almoft dead of the peftilence I have mentioned. Sir John Holland, conftable of the army, faw, with great concern, the miserable fituation it was in from this dif-order, from which fcarcely oué. efcapèd; and was forced, daily, to hear the complaints of high wad low, in fuch terras as .thefe,*—c Ah, my lord #f Lancafter, why have you brought us to Caf- tile?


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