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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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to Coverlids of beds. They call aflcho* ' about • one league diftant ftom the port, where fliey remamed until the morrow. The mgfit was clear and fe* rêne, for it was the month of July, about Mag* dalen-tide; and they made themfelves comfort-able, rejoicing that, through God's pleafure, they had fo fer fucceeded as to have the town of Africa now befote them. ' • The Saracens, who were on the oppofite fhore oWervirig the Chriftian 'fleet, held this night a Council dn their futurfe mode of proceeding, for they knew the town would be befleged. • They thus conveffed among themfelves : Our enemies are now arrived : they trill, if they can, land and lay fiege to Africa, which is the-key-to the adjoin-ing -kingdoms. We muft, therefore, *confider well our plans for oppofmg them; otherwife we fhall be greatly blamed, and efpecially if we fhould not at the firft dilute their landing/ It was pro-pofed by a valiant Saracen, called Mandlfer, to/ reflft their landing, as being the moft honourable, and to oppofe them inftantly with their. whole force, or they would probably have fault found with them. This was ftrongly fupported by many, as it feemed the moft courageous plan; when an ancient Saracen began to fpeak^ ^ho had great influence among them, as he fhewed. This lord came from a town in Africa called Maldages, and his name was Bellius. He gave his opinion quite contrary to that of Maridifer, and fupported it with the following reafoiis Gentlemen, ,we are feat -hither -to guard th* coaft -and defend this country; 191


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