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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.2

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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.2
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All the converfktion, and every thing that paffed between the lord Charles and lord Lewis, relative to thefe two prifoners, was told to fir Walter Manny and fir Amauri de Clifton by friends and fpies, who reprefentéd the danger in which the two knights were. They bethought themfelves what was beft to be done, but, after confidering different fchemes, could fix on none at laft fir Walter faid, f Gen-tlemen, it would do us great honour if we could fefcue thefe two kijights : if we adventure it, afid fhould fail, king Edward would hold himfelf obliged to us; and all wife men, who may hear tf it in times to come, will thank us, and fay that we had done our duty. I will tell you my plan, and you are able to undertake it ; for I think we are bound to rifle our lives in endeavouring to fave thofe of two fuch gallant knights. I propofe therefore, if it be agreeable to you, that we arm immediately, fnd form ourfelves into two divifions : one (hall fet off, as foon after dinner as poffible, by this gate, £nd draw up near the ditch, to (kirmifli with and alarm the enemy ; who, you may believe, will foon pufter to that part; and, if you pleafe, you, fir Amauri de Cliflbn, (hall have the command of it, and (hall take with you a thoufand good archers, to make thofe that may come to you retreat back again, and three hundred men at arms. I will have with me a hundred of my Companions, and five hundred archers, and will fally out at the poftern on the oppofite fide privately, and coming behind them; will fall upon their camp, which we (hall find unguarded. 1 will take withme thofe who are acquainted 11


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