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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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CHAP. XVIII. THE CONDUCT OF THE SARACENS DURING THE SfEGE OF THE TOWN OF AFLUCA.—THEY SEND TO DEMAND FKOM THJC FRENCH THE CAUSE OF THEIR MAKING WAR,AGAINST THEM. T WILL fay. fomething of the Saracens, for it is but juft tjhey fhould be equally fpoken* of as the -Chriitians, that the truth may be more ap-parent. You muft know that thefe infidels had, for a long time, been menaced by the Genoefe, a&d were expeâing the town of Africa to be be-fieged;. in which they were not difappointed. They had made preparations for refiftance, when they heard of the arrival of the Chriftian fleet, an event that had been long looked for by the neigh-bouring nadons ; for they are not prudent nor well advifed, who fear not their enemies, however fmall they may be. The Saracens, however, do not hold the Chriftians cheap : on the contrary* they confider them as men of courage and enter-prise, and much fear them. The better to refift their enemies, they affem-bled the moft experienced warriors from the king-doms of Bugia, Morocco and Tunis, in which luft the town of Africa is fituated, and encamped on the downs near the fea fhore. They took ad-vantage of a large and thick wood in their rear, to 200


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