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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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mil the men at arms had retreated into the iirong fbrtreffei. _ s During this march, the prince of Wales was in- formed how lord James Audley had made a pre-* fent of his penlion of five hundred marcs to his four fquires. He fent for him: lord James was carried in his litter to the prefence of the prince, who received him very gracioufly, and faid to him? f Sir James, I have heen informed* that after you had taken leave of me3 and were returned to your tent, you made a prefent to your four fquires of the gift I prefented to you. I (hould like to know if this be true, why you did fo, and if the gift wero not agreeable to you/ ' • ' Yes, my lord/ anfwered lord James, € it wfca moil agreeable to me, and I will tell you the rea-fons which induced me to bellow it on my fquires. Thefe four fquires, who are here, have long and loyally ferved me, on many great and dangerous occafions; .and until the day that J made them this prefent, I bad not any Way rewarded them for all their fervices ,* and never in this life were they of fuch help to me as on that day. I hold myfelf much bound to them for what they did at the battle of Poitiers ; for, dear fir, I am but a fingle man, and can do no more than my powers admit, hut, through their aid and affifiance, I have ac* compliihed my vow, which for. a long time I had made, and by their means was the ûrû 'combatant, 0nd (hould have paid for it with my life, if they had not been near to, me. When, therefore, I «onfider their courage, and the love they bear to


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