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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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where he attached himfelf to a man at arms, and behaved very well. It happened, that kin fome. ikirmilh his matter was taken and flain ; when, in recompenfe for his prowefs, bis companions eleé$ed him their leader in the place of his late mailer : he then made fuch profit by ranfoms,, and the taking Of towns and cailles, that he was faid to be worth, full forty thoufand crowns, not including his horfes, of which he had twenty or thirty, very handfome and ftrong, and of a deep roan colour. He had the reputation of being the moft expert man at arms of the country, was chofen to be one of the thirty that engaged.againft i fimiiar number, and was the moft aftive combatant on the fide of the Englilh*. — [ * « • i 1 • •• "1 •, i " 1 11 1 • • * I have been much furprifed that 'FrohTart, who in general is fo very minute in relating every tranfa&ion, fhould have omitted an account of this extraordinary engagement. The relation of it which follows is taken from the Hiftoire de Bretagne, voL L p. 280. After the death of fir Thomas Daggewôrth, the king ap-pointed fir Walter Bently commander iu Brittany. The English being much irritated at the death of Daggeworth, and not being able to revenge themfelves on thofe who flew him, did fo on the whole country by burning and deftrojying it. The marfhal de Beaumanoir, defirous of putting a flop to this, fent to Bembro, who commanded in Ploërmel, for a paflport, to hold a conference with him. The marfhal reprobated the conduce of the Englifh, and high words paffed between them ; for Bembro had been the companion in arms to Daggeworth. At laft one of them pro-pofed a combat of thirty on each fide : the place appointed for it was at the halfway oak-tree between Joflelin and Ploërmel; and the day was fixed for the 2/th March, the fourth Sunday in tent 1351. ' ' % Beaumanoir «T


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