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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.1

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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.1
page 79



To thefe examples, I could add a great number of others wherein he gives much praife, as well to the people, as to the lords who fignalized themfelves by their attachment to their country, and he neither fpares thofe who had declared themfelves againft the French, nor thofe who had abandoned them in a cowardly manner. In addition to what he lays of the fidelity af the Bretons, and of the counts de Blois, their legitimate fovereigns, he praifes the zeal with which feveral lords in Scotland received the French fleet fent in 1385 to affift them againft the Engliih. The earl of Douglas, to whom he appears much attached, and in whofe caille he fpent feveral days in his travels into Scotland, feems to be of this number. At the fame time he declaims againft thofe whofe bad faith, and ingratitude, rendered this armament fruitlefs. He fpeaks in the ftrongeft terms of the prefumption of the duke of Gueldres, who dared to declare war againft the king of France (Charles VI.) in 1387, and of the infolence with which he expreffed himfelf in his declaration of war. He applauds the juft indignation, which induced this monarch to march in perfon to chaftife the pride of this petty prince. In Ihort, of all the nations whom he mentions in his hiftory, there are but few whom he has not fometimes marked with odious epithets. According to him, the Portuguefe are paflionate and quarrelfome ; the Spaniards envious, haughty, and uncleanly ; the Scots perfidious, and ungrateful ; the Italian? aflaflins, and poifonous $ the Engliih vainboafters, contemptuous, and cruel. There is not one


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