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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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related all they had feen or heard, which was eagerly liftened to by the king and his brother, the duke of Touraine. The king faid, € If we can manage to reftore union to the church, and efta-blifh a found peace between us and England, we fhould very much like to lead a great army to Bar-bary, to exalt the Chriftian faith, confound the infidels, and acquit the fouls of our predeceffors, king Philip of happy memory, and king John our grandfather ; for both of them put on the ver-milion crofs, to pafs the fea for the holy land; and they would have done fo, if violent wars had not nearly overturned their kingdom. Now, if we can reftore union and peace to the church, and lengthen our truce with the Englifli to a proper term, we are refolved to undertake this expe-dition.* Such were the Converfations between the king of France and his uncle, the duke of Bourbon, and the lord de Coucy, and- thus did things re-main. By degrees, thofe who had been in Africa returned home. The king lived at Paris the whole feafon, refiding fometimes at the Louvre, at others, with the queen, at the hôtel de St. Pol. . About St. Andrew's day, when the knights tfere almoft all returned from Barbary, circum-ftances which ferved for a topic of converfation with every one, another expedition was talked of, at the Court of France, but Lcannot fay who was the firft promoter of it. The king of, France, who had a great love of arms, was thus addreffed ; * Sire, your devotion and inclination naturally lead


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