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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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moment, they cannot give you any affift-ance. There is our coufin, the duke of Lan-cafter, at Bayonne, who has left Caftille with the fhattered remains of his army, having loft the greater part by ficknefs, and by that the feafon for making war. - He is foliçiting reinforce-ments of men at arms and archers from England, but will not obtain twenty fpears. On the other hand, the Englifh have lately experienced a fevere overthrow in battle with the Scots near Newcaftle on Tyne, in Northumberlahd, in which all the chivalry of the north have been made prifoners or flain. England, befides, is not unanimous in their affection to the king : you will therefore »act wifely not to depend on the Englifh at this moment,. for you will not have affiftance from them, nor from any other quarter. ' I would therefore advife that you fuf^ fer us to manage for you, and we will pacify the king of France, and make up this quarrel with-out your being difhonoured or a lofer from it/ ' My lord,* anfwered the duke. of Gueldres^ € how can I with honour accommodate my dif-ference with the king of France ? Were I to have my country ruined, and be forced to go and Jive elfewhere, I would not do it: I am too ftrongly bound to the king of England; and for him have I defied the king of France. Do you think,' added he, € that for his menaces I will recal my word, or break my engagement ? You only wifh my difgrace. I entreat you, therefore, to leave me to myfelf : I will make head againft the French, for their tiffeaftp do not alarm


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