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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
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men, and visual it again; fo that, if once we gain poffeffion, it will become a place for all knights and fquires to adventure themfelves in arms againft the enemies ' of God, and conquer their lands.' € My, lords,* replied the mafters of the reffels, « we Ihall never pretend ' to teach you how to a&, but give our opinions with all modefty and h,u* miKty; for you are too noble, wife and valiant, for us to pretend to lay down rules for your con-duct* The lord de Coucy faid,—c We- ihould, however, with to have your opinions, for we have pbferved nothing but what is praife-worthy in you; and, as ft is you who have brought us hither, to accomplifh deeds of arms, we ihall never'aft with-out having your advice. • Such were the conyerfations held in the iiland of Comino, in-the prefence of the duke of Bourbon, the count d'Eu, and fome of the great barons of France, with the captains of the Genoefe veffejs, before they failed for the coaft of Africa. When all was ready, and the men at arms had re-imbarked on board their galleys, with a good will to meet their enemies the Saracens, the ad-miral gave orders for the trumpets to found, and the fleet to get under weigh. The fea was now calm, and the weather fine : it was a pleafure to fee the rowers force their veflels through its fmooth furface, which feemed to delight in bear-ing thefe Chriftians ' to the fliores of the infidels. Their fleet was numerous and well ordered ; and it was a fine fight to view their various banners and 188


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