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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.3

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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.3
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of St. Efprit, it would be of the greateft advantage to them ; for they would then be mailers of the Rhône as well as of Avignon. After they had well digefted their plan, Guyot du Pin and the little Mechin (as I have heard it related) mounted their horfes; and, with their com* panies, rode one whole night to the extent of fifteen leagues. They arrived, by break of day, at the town of St. Efprit, which they took, and all thofé of both fexes which were therein. It was a pitiful fight ; for they murdered many a difcreet man, and violated many a virgin. They gained " immenfe riches, and provifion fufEcient to laft them a whole year. - They could from this town efcape eafily, in an hour's time and without danger, into the kingdom of France, and in another hour into the empire. They colle&ed their companies together, and kept advancing towarda Avignon, at which the pope and cardinals were much alarmed. Thefe companions had chofen, at the Pont du St. Efprit, a captain to command the whole of their forces* who was commonly ftiled the friend * of God, and enemy of all the world. • There were at that time in France, befides thefe companies, many other pillagers, EngliOi, Gafcons * Friend. Denys Sauvage fays, la a note on the margin, that inftead of ami it was ennemi in all the editions ; but that he had corrected it from the two abridgements. He is cer-tainly right as to the printed editions of Verard and Euftace, as well as in lord Berner's tranflation and Barnes's hiftory of Edward III. | but it is ami in my two MSS. G 4 and 87


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