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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
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lit a fhadow of rcafon to induce thee to go thither. Let John of Burgundy and our coufins of France perform their entcrprife, and do thou undertake' one that more nearly touches us. March to Frieflanc), and conquer back that country, which was our-inheritance -, for thç Frieflanders have, by rebellion, withdrawn themfelves from our obedi-ence » and, if thou undertake this, I will aflift thee/ This fpeech from his father was very agreeable to the count d'Oftrevant, and raifed his fpirit : he anfwered, f My lord, you fay well,' and, if it be your opinion I fhould undertake fuch an expedition, I will do fo heartily/ By little and little, the matter was fo long talked over be twee., the father and fon, that the invafion of Friefland was agreed upon j and a circumftance I fhall relate greatly helped him in this matter. The count d'Oftrevant had at that time, for his principal advifer, a fquire of Haihault, called Fierabras, or the baftard of Vertain. He was# equal in prudence as in arms, fo that when the count told him what his father had faid, he re-plied,—' Sir, my lord your father gives you ex-cellent advice. It will be more for your honour to undertake this expedition than to join that to Hungary ; and, when you begin your prepara-tions for it, you will find plenty of knights and fquires in Hainault and elfewhere, ready to accom-pany and affift you. But if you really are in earneft to undertake it, I would recommend that you firft go to England, to make known your intentions to the knights and fquires of that country s and to P 4 entreat 215


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