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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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prefer war to peace, which difpleafed fo much the envoys from the duke of Brabant, that they took leave of him, apd returned to relate all that had -paffed. The duke of Brabant, having heard them, asked their advice how to act. 'Sir,' they replied, 4 you know it full well yourfelf : fpeak your will/ * Well then,* faid the duke, c it is not my intention to let this matter fleep, nor fhall it be faid, through cowardice or weak-nefs of heart, I have fuffered any robberies to be committed within my jurisdiction with im-punity, as I will make my coufin, the duke of Juliers, and his adherents very foon feel, and that the bufinefs is perfonal to me.' The duke was not idle, but inftantly fet clerks.to work ih writing letters to all from whom • he expected any affiftance : fome he entreated, others he commanded, and gave fufficient jiotice to the duke of Juliers and his allies of his intentions. Each of thefe lords provided themfelves as ably as they could : but the duke of Juliers would have made an. indifferent figure without his brother-in-law the duke of Gueldres, who greatly reinforced him with men at arms and friends. Thefe two lords collected men fe-cretly from Germany ; and as the Germans are avaricious, and had not for fome time had any opportunity oLgain, they accepted their pay, and came in greater numbers as they were ig-norant they were to be employed againft the duke of Brabant, The duke of Brabant left Bruflels in grand array and went to Louvain, thence to Maes-trieht, where he found upwards of one thoufand good 56


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