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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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fon, who at that time bore arms, and was a party in their excursions. There might be a thoufand men at arms, well equipped and appointed, and fife hundred others among the archers. This army left Hennebon, fcouring and burning all the country until they came to the good town of Rennes, which the duke befieged on every fide, and lay a long time before it, making many affaults, by which he gained not much, for there were in the town the vifcount de Rohan, the lord de Laval, fir -Charles de Dinan, and many others. , There was alfo in the town a young knight-bache-lor called fir Bertrand du Guefciin, who, during the fiege of Rennes, fought with an Englilhman named fir Nicholas Dagworth. The terms of the combat were to be three courfes with fpears, three ftrokes with battle-axes, and three ftabs with daggers. The two knights behaved moft valiantly, and parted without hurting each other. They were feen with pleafureby both armies*. * The hiftorian of Brittany fays, it was Wiiiiani de Blanc-bourg, brother to the governor of Fougerai, who had been flain by Bertrand. In confirmation of this, Dugdale makes no men-tion of this duel, which he would probably have done, had fir Nicholas Dagworth been the perfon. Bertrand, in the firft courfe, pierced the coat of mail of Blancbourg, and his own helmet fullered the fame. The two enfurng courfes were barmkfs. ' Bertrand afked if he would run three more: which was accepted, Jn tha firft courfe, Bertrand ftruck him fo violently on the body, his lance entered very deep, and unhorfed him. He would not kill him, from reJpccYto the duke of Lancafter, but feized his horfe, which be carried away as a trophy of his victory. The 374


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