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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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tas dred thoufand men ; and that he had never col-lected fo large a body, except when he marched to Bourbourg, imagining the Englifh to be in greater force than he found them. Theduke of Juliers began to be greatly alarm* ed; but his fon, the duke of Gueldres, made light of it, faying,—* Let them come ; the -greater the number, the fooner will they be worn down, their baggage deftroyed, and their pur* veyances ruined. Winter is coming on, and my country is a ftrong one : they will not eafily enter it, and, when they make the attempt, (hall be driven back with other founds than trumpets. They muft always keep together, which will be impoffible, if they mean to invade my territory 5 and, if they feparate, my people will take them whether they will or no.—However, our confia of France fliews good courage ; and I give him credit for doing what I would attempt if in his place.* Such were the conversations the duke of Gueldres held with his knights on this fub~ jectj but the duke of Juliers wafc, on the contra-ry, quite difconfolate ; for he faw, if the French were determined0» it, his country muft be ruined and burnt. He fent for. his brother, the arch-bifliop of Cologne, and his coufin, fir Arnold de Homes, bilhop of Liege, to confult with them on the occafion, and fee if there were any proba-ble remedy to prevent his lands being defpoiled. Tbefe two prelates gave him the beft advice in their power, and recommended him to hum-ble himfelf before the king of France and his uncles, and fubmt to their will.. The duke having


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