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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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If- conductor, to fecure them againft the numerous parties of Bretons which were abroad. , They arrived fafely at Medina del CaiApo, where they found the king impatient to know what had brought them thither. When they had refreflied and drefled themfelves at an hôtel that had been prepared for them, they were conduct-ed by fome knights of the houfehold to the pre-fence of the king, who apparently received them with pleafure. They prefented him letters from the conftable, but from none elfe ; for the duke of Lancafter excufed himfelf, atid would not at this time, nor on fuch a fubject, write to him. The knights and fquires of France were not prefent at this interview, although they were of the king's privy council, and nothing was done refpecting the war without their confent. The ambafladors addreffed the king, faying-; c Sir king, we are come hither on the part of the con-stable of the army the duké of Lancafter has brought from England. But unfortunately very great iickpeffes and mortality have be&llen it : the conftable therefore entreats, that you would have the goodnefs to open your country and towns to fuch as may defire to try. change of air for the recovery of their health, if it may be re-covered, and to enter your towns to recruit their ftrength; and if fome fhould wi(h to return to England by land, he begs you ,ivould interest yourfelf with the kings of France and Navarre, that they may, at their own costs, freely pafs through their territories, in their way home. This is the fole object of our million, and the , request we have to make you.' The


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