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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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• 149 t «; -done then F faid others in reply. c Why/ an- fwered thofe who! had more maturely confidered thé matter, and weighed all the difficulties ' at-"tendiûg* if$ / let the king Ithink no more of it, nor fendi amp cjonfiderable force thither. The duke of Gueldres is young and hot-headed, and puffed • upjWÎtbihaving challenged a king,,of France. It has'nht proceeded from any folid understand-ing, but ifrom the felf-fufficiiency of a young man, " who 'wants to fly before he has wings. Since he has ferit Ms defiance, let him follow it up : the Iringdom ôf France is large, and the moment he _ fhall enter it, whatever part it may be, the king will be inftantly informed of it* and have juft eaufe for calling on his fubjects for fupport, arid for marching to repel the invader, fhould he have remained in France, or for purfuing him into Germany. , The king will, by fuck con-duct, acquire honour. for himfelf and bis-king--' dom, at a much cheaper rat&than by marching into Gueldres. ' We have been informed, by thofe, well acquainted with the country, that there are four large rivers to pafs before you ar-rive at the duke's territories, and that the fmal-. Ifft is as wide as the Loire at Nemours or la Charité, and the country bad to march through, "and worfe to be quartered in. Now, thofejvho pleafe ; njay advife the king to undertake his ex-. pedition through fuch a country.' : .Thus*'as I have faid, was the council divided \ refpecting this expedition to Gueldres, which • the king was very anxious to accomplifh. In-deed, more progrefs would have been made to- ' wards


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