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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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guard of five hundred mm, and -keep cm oof wmg, without moving one ftep, whatever may happen, ualefs you fhall fee an abfolute neceffity for it ; fuch as our battalions giving way, or being by accident broken : in that cafe, you will haften to fuccour thofe who are giving way, or who may be in diforder : and affure yourfelf, you cannot this day do a store meritorious fervice.* When fir Hugh heard fir John Chandos give him thefe orders, he was much hurt and angry with him, and faid ; c Sir John, fir John, give the com-mand of this rear-guard to fome other ; fpr I do not wifh to be troubled with it f and then added, c Sir knight, for what manner of reafon have you thus provided for me ? and why am not I as fit pid proper to take my poft in the front-rank as others ?f Sir John difcreetly anfwered ; * Sir Hugh, I did not place you with the rear-guard becaufe you were not as good a knight as any of us ; for, in truth, I know that you are equally valiant with the beft ; but i ordered you to that poft, becaufe I know you are both bold and prudent, and that it is abfolutely neceflary for you or me to take that command. I therefore moil earneftly entreat it of you ; for, if you will do fo, we fhall ail be the better for it ; aiid you yourfçjf will acquire great honor : in addition, Ipromife to comply with the firft requeft you may make me/ Notwithftanding this handfome fpeech of fir John Chandos, fir Hugh refufed to comply, confidering it as a great affront offered him, and entreated, through the love of God, with uplifted hands, that lS2


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