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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.11

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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.11
page 173



î4fi • was fo jnucb redoubted every where, could nevcf reduce them to obedience, ^nd was always at. war with them. You have faid it was brought about by a treaty and the grace of God : the grace of God i? good, and of infinite value jto thpfe who c^n pbr tain it s but we fee few lords no\y-a-days augment their territories otherwife than by force. When I fhall be returned to my native country of Haijjault, and fpeak of thefe matters, I fhall be ftrfflfy exa-x mined concerning tjiem ; for our lord duke Albert of Pav^ria, earl qf Holland, Hainaujt aqd Zea-land, and his fon William of Hainaulr, ftik them-felves Jords of Friefland, an extenfive country, over which they claim the govern/nent, a? their prçdecefTors have dpne before them ; But the Frieflanders refufe to acknowledge théif right, and will not by any means fubmit themfelves to their obedience/ To this Henry Caftide anfwered : f In truth, fir John, I cannot more fully explain how it wa$ brought about I but it is generally believed by moft of our party, that the Irifh were exceedingly frightened at the great force the king1 laqded in Ireland, where it remained for nine months. Their coafts were fo furrounded, that neither provifion nor merchandife could be landed -, ^ but the inland natives were indifferent to this, as they are unac-quainted with commerce, nor do they wifh to know any thing of it, but imply to live like wild bèufts. Thofe who refide on the coaft oppofite to England are better informed, and ^çcuftpmçd %o tftfRc. &wg}iàmiï$ of happy memory, had iniu* Deign M3 fo


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