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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 343



with them, as we have good caufë for quand/ we would wage it now more fueccfsfully than ever, for the flower of the French chivalry is (lain tr in captivity. Our countrymen wifli for war, for without it they cannot exift, and idlcnefs to men at arms is death. I fwear, therefore by God, that if J be alive, and in health, two years hence, die war (hall be renewed, for I will not keep any truce or peace. The French have Jhewn how little they have regarded them in former times, and have, by whatever treacherous and underhand means they could devife, deprived us of the duchy of Aquitaine, which was given up to my late lord; and father, in conformity to a found treaty of peace. This I have more than once charged them with, in the conference on the other fide of the fea; but they made fuch floqriihing and com-plimentary fpeecbeii they always lighted on their feet, and I was not attended to richer by the king or by my brothers - . € If the king pf England had a good head, and were as defirous at I am of war, and would take fome pains tp recover thç inheritance they have ihamefully ftolen from him, he would find one hundred thoufand archers and fix thoyfend men at arms willing to crofs *he fea, aadxready ta ferve him with their liyes and fortunes. ~ B#t things are not fo. At this moment we have anunwarlikp king, who is indifferent as to arms, othtrwife he would Ihew himfelf in France; for thefe never was'fo favourable an opportunity to, ca^ry^the war thitfier as at thisprcfent moment, fihec they would ' p " 4 " Z » " be $39


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