In all the Kings Reigns, from the time of William the Conqueror to the Conclusion of the Peace, on the 10th. of September 1697. in the Eighth Year of the Reign of our Gracious Sovereign K. William III.


The Causes of the War, the Battels, Sieges, State Policies, Naval Fights, Treaties, and the several Truces, Peaces Concluded. Leagues made and broken, &c. With a large Discourse of the Sa­lique Law; by which to prevent the Right of o­ther Princes, the French pretend to Exclude Females from Enjoying the Crown of France, and many o­ther Transactions between the two Nations, both Publick and Private. With a Map of England and France on a Copper Plate.

By D. Jones.

London, Printed for W. Whitwood at the Rose and Crown in Little-Britain. 1698.


To the Right Honourable ROBERT Lord Viscount LISLE, &c.

My Lord,

THe Topicks usually insisted upon to engage the Favours of the Great, are those of Honour and Goodness, of both which your Lord­ship has no common share; and if upon others they have been so pow­erfully influential in Addresses of this kind, Your Lordship will Pardon me, if being carried with the same current I presume to commit this lit­tle Treatise to Your Patronage, as to a safe Azilum, sufficient to skreen it from all the assaults of Male-volence; and if it be an Argument of Impru­dence [Page] to range far abroad for that Good which is attainable nigh at hand, my Vicinity to your Lordship will not only justifie this my Practise, but should I have neglected the improve­ment of it upon this occasion, as I would hardly be brought to forgive my self for being guilty of the grossest Folly, so would it bear a Semblance of the highest indignity offered to Your Honour, and of the basest diffi­dence of Your Goodness.

The Subject, My Lord, must be acknowledged to be of an Heroical Na­ture, and therefore a fit entertain­ment to Heroick Minds, and conse­quently cannot but be so to Your Lordship; however the structure may have suffered through the debili­ty of the Architect, who yet has this humbly to offer to your Lordship, and under Your Patronage to the [Page] World, that Truth is the great stan­dard I have endeavoured to fix my Eye continually upon, having stre­nuously avoided all false Idea's of the actions of my Country, and herein have done both the Enemy that justice due to them in their various conflicts with us, and made it appear there was no need of any such prevaricati­on, in that True Glory has been no stranger to the English Arms through the series of many hundred years to­gether, and though things may not here be exposed in their Native Lu­stre and Excellency, yet I cannot o­therwise then perswade my self, but they retain still their Native and O­riginal verity.

But to dwell no longer upon the Products of my own Teeming Fancy, I submit all to Your Lordships ade­quate Judgment, and if in this my [Page] studied Brevity you meet with any thing grateful or divertive, so as that it may conciliate Your Lordship's Good O­pinion of me, his highest ambition is gra­tified who begs leave to subscribe him­self

My Lord,
Your Honours most Humble and most devoted Servant, D. Jones.


GReat and Various have the Actions been between England and France, since the Invasion of the Normans, Anno Dom. 1066. which makes September next just 629 Years, but that the French Nation should make a Conquest of England hereby, nothing is more manifestly untrue, that People being a distinct Nation from the French, who conquering that Province by main force, from Neustria, call'd it Nor­mandia in the Reign of Charles le Simple; whence by the way 'tis worth the remarking what kind of Kings France hath often had, and what sort of Epithetts their own Cronicles give them, which stand upon publick Record to all posterity, as Charles le Simple, Charles le Chauve, Charles le Gros, Charles le Gras, Charles le Phrenetique, Philip le Long, Lo­vis le Begue, &c. Now tho there have been many and mighty Quarrels, War-like Encoun­ters, and Feuds betwixt England and France, [Page] yet in the reign of the Saxon Kings the Histori­ans make little mention of any; but since Eng­land was joined as it were to the Continent by addition of Normandy, there have been as frequent traverses of War as have happen'd be­tween any two Nations; for of those 28 Kings and Queens which have reigned here from Willi­am the First to William the Third now Reg­nant, there have been but a very few of them free from actual Wars with France; yet in so long a tract of time, when the French were at their highest pitch of Power, they never did nor had any adequate power to invade England; 'tis true that they took footing once or twice in the Isle of Wight, but it quickly grew too hot for them. And touching Lewis the French King's Son who did stay and sway the Scepter here about two Years (whereof they so much vaunt:) That was no Invasion, but an Invi­tation, being brought in by the discontented Barons in England; so that in a manner France was the Theater of the War between the two Nations down from William I. to the present time.

As for the great Battles which were fought from time to time, 'tis confessed by the French Historians themselves, that the English were at most but half in number to them in almost all En­gagements; [Page] insomuch that by pure prowess and point of the Sword, the English possess'd two parts in three of that populous Kingdom, and how all came to be lost again, will appear by the sequel of the Story, but here I cannot omit one remarkable accident, that was concomitant with the English Arms in France, and that is, that when the English were at the height of their conquests in that Kingdom, the Pope came to re­side at Avignon in France, and there was a common saying which continues still in memory among the Vulgar, Ores le pape est devenu Francois, & Christ est devenu Anglois i. e. Lo! the Pope is become a Frenchman and Christ an Englishman, which related to the marvelous Exploits and Successes the English had in that Kingdom, which were such that Sir Walter Rawleigh speaking of the famous Punick Wars, puts this Quaere. If one should ask which was the valiantest, the Roman or the Carthaginian, one might answer the Englishman who performed greater feats of Arms then either of them; insomuch that some foreign Authors give this Character of France, that it was the stage whereon the English acted their valour so often.

'Tis true that in canvassing of Treaties, in subtleties or shuffling the Cards, and mental re­servations [Page] they were mostly too hard for the English, who naturally use down right dealing, and real integrity; but in point of performance of what was stipulated, especially if the Article related to Money (whereof we drew from them vast summs) they seldom exactly performed the Capitulation of any Treaty, as Foreign Writers observe; so that part of King John's ransom is yet behind, besides the Mony which was to be paid for Tournay in Henry VIII. time, the 500000 Crowns which Edward VI. was to have for Bolloign, and those great expences which Queen Elizabeth was to have for sending her Armies to aid Henry IV. and the French Re­formists, two parts of three are not paid to this day; but of these and other things more here­after in their proper place.

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