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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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there without fail, if they had any love for him : and he exprefsly ordered the earl of Salifbury to have the lady his wife there, with as many young ladies as he could colle6t to attend her. The earl very cheerfully complied with the king's requeft ; for he thought of nothing evil ; and the good lady dared not fay nay. She came^ however, much againft her will ; for fhe guefied the reafon which made the king fo earneft for her attendance, but was afraid to difcover it to her hulband, imagining at the fame time, by her conduéi and converfatioa to make the king change his opinion. There were at this feaft, which was very noble and magnificent, William earl of Hainault, fir John his uncle, and great numbers of barons and knights of high birth : the.dancing and feafting continued for the fpace of fifteen days. The lord John, eldeft fon of the vifcount * Beaumont in England, was killed at this tournament. He was a handfome and hardy knight, and bore for arms a fhield azur, befprinkled with flower-de-luces or, with a lion or rampant, and a battoon gules upon the fhield. * The ladies and damfelswere moft fuperbiy dreffed and ornamented, according to their different de-grees, except the countefs of Salifbury, who came there in as plain attire as poffible. She was not willing that the king ihould give up too much time to admire her ; for fhe' had neither with nor in-r clination to obey him in any thing evil, that might turn out to her own or her hufband's difhonour. * No mention is made of this in Dugdale, and there were n» vifceuats, but barons, at that period. At 18


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