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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
page 277



have before heard how Àymery de Pàvîe had plotted to furrender the town and caftle of Calais for a fum of florins, to the French, and how it befel them: that fir Geoffry de Chargny and the knights with him were made prifoners, and carried to England, whence they ranfomed themfelves as fooh as they could pay the money, and returned to France. It happened, that, during the time he was at St. Omer by order of the king of France, he heard that Àymery de Pavie was at a caftle in the country near Calais, called Fretun, which the king of England had given him. The Italian lived there at his eafe with a beautiful Englifliwoman whom he had brought thither as his miftrefs ; and be fancied the French had forgotten his courtefy to them : but that was not the cafe, as you fhall hear. As foon as fir Geoffry received this information, he fecretly inquired from thofè of the country who knew this caftlé, if it could eafily be taken : they affured him it might ; for that fir Àymery lived there without any fufpicion, and without guards or watch, think-ing himfelf as fafe as if he were in London or Calais. Sir Geoffry did not let the matter fleep, but, coi-lefiting privately a band of men at arms, left St. ©per in an evening, taking with him the crofs-bows that were quartered there, and marched all night, when, at day-break, he arrived at the caftle of Fretun. They inftantly furrounded the caftle, as it


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