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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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éys key, Rhodes and Cyprus, where he had performed fuch deeds of; valour that he was much fpoken of. When he heard his countrymen thus readily réfolvt on battle, he addrefled themi—c O ye noble men* and free Frieflanders, know that there-is no fortune ftable. If in former times you ha*e, by your prowefs, conquered the Hainauhers, Hollanders and'Zcalaiidcrs, thofe who art now about m Invade is are men expert in war, and be aflbred they will aft otherwife than their predeceffors : you will fee they will not fly, * but fight with the utmoft pru-dence. I would therefore advife that we fuflfer them to land and make what progrtfs they xan into the country : let us guard our towns and fort-reflfes, and give up to them the plains, where they will watte themfelves. Our country will not long fupport them. It is befide cut up with ditches and dykes, fo that they cannot advance far into the interior, and they will be forced to return after having burnt ten or twelve villages. This they will the more fpeedily do, for they cannot ride, nor indeed without difficulty march on foot, through the country, which will wear them out. The damage they can do will be trifling, and we can foon repair it j but, if we offer them bat-tle, I very much fear we fhall be overpowered, for I have been credibly informed they are one hundred thoufand men under firms/ He faid truly, for they were at leaft as many, if hot more. Three valiant Friefland knlghts fir Feu de VOL. XI. - T " • Dore-


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