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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.10

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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.10
page 196



tm Ac neareft land tq the ftrong tontti of Africa^ whither if it pleafe God| we will go, and befiege iu We muft therefore confult with you how we may enter the harbour and- difembark. We pro. pofe to fend in advance our fmaller veffels, called brigandines, to amufe the enemy, while we remain at the mouth of the harbour : on the following day we will, at our leifure, land, through God's grace, and encamp ourfelves as near the town a* pojdible, out of the reach of their brjcqlles*: the Genoefe crofs-bows (hall be drawn up, and ready for defence or attack* We fuppofe that, on our debarkation, a multitude of your young fquires will demand to be knighted, for increafe of honour and advancement; Inftrud them gently how they ought to'aft, for you arc very capable of doing it; and know, gentlemen, that we are well in-clined to acquit ourfelves handfomely towards you ; and, to fhew our eagernefs to annoy the enemy, we -fhall take every pofhble pains that this town of Africa may be won. It has done you toa great damage to be longer endured, and is, befide, the key of the empire of Barbary and the furrounding kingdoms of Africa, Morocco and Bugia. Should God, of his gpodnefs, permit us to conquer it, all. the Saracens will tremble, as far as Nubia and Syria, and we fhall be every where talked of. With the affiftance of the princes of Chriftendom, who are the neareft to us,, we may reinforce it with * Brk^le*,«~ma£bines to ttaw floues.; a fort of fliiig^—Do men, 187


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