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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 278



for they confifted of a well appointed body of mçri at, arms. - ^ Every one was how ordered inftandy to em-bark, which being done, they hoifted fail, recom-mended themfelves to God, and put to fea. The water was fmooth and feemed to take pleafure in bearing them. There were fuch numbers of vef-fels that, had they been arranged in a line from Enchuyfcn to Kuynder (Which is in upper Frief-land, and where they intended to land), though twelve leagues diftant, the whole fea would have been covered ; but they failed in one body. ' We will for a while leave them, and fpeak of the Frieilanders, who, as I was informed, 4 had been long acquainted with duke Albert's intention of marching againft them with a powerful army. They held many councils on the fubjeét, and de-termined to combat their enemies at the very mo-ment of their landing ; for they faid they fhould prefer death with liberty, to being Oaves; and would never quit the battle while alive. They alfo rcfolved not to accept of ranfoms for any per-fon, however high his rank, but to put their pri-foners to death, or keep them in banifhment from their own countries. Among thefe was a Frieflander of high birth and renown : %c was of great ftrength and ftature, for he was taller by a head than all his country-men. His name was Yves Jovere $ but the Hol-landers, Zealanders and Hâinaulters called him. € The great Frieflander.* This valiant man had gaiped much reputation in Pruflia,. Hungary, Tur-key, 272 ' .


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