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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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it is in this refpe& very fcantily provided/ The bègue then advanced, his dagger on his wriftj towards a man who was clofe to don Pedro, and demanded, c Who art thou ? Speak, or thou art a dead man.* The man to whom the bègue had# fpoken was an Englifhman, ' and refufed to anfwer : he beat himfelf over his faddle, and dafhed forwards. The bègue fuffered him to pals ; when addreffing himfelf to don Pedro^ and examining Itfm earneftly, he fancied it was the king, notwithftanding the darknefs of the night, from his likenefs to king Henry his brother, for they very much refembled each other. He demanded from him, in placing his dagger on his breaft, c And you, who are you ? Name yourfelf, and furrender this moment, or you are a dead man.' In thus faying, he caught hold of the bridle of his horfe, and would not fuffèr him to efcape as the former had done. King don Pedro, who faw a large body of men at arms before him, and found that he could not by any means efcape, faid to the bègue de Villaines, whom he recognized ; f Bègue, bègue, I am don Pedro king of Caftille, to whom much wrong has been imputed, through evil counfellors. I furren-der myfelf, and all my people, but twelve in num-ber, as thy prifoners ; we place ourfelves under thy guard and difpofition. I befeech thee, in the name of thy gentility ^ that thou put me in a place of fafety. I will pay for my ranfom whatever fum thou fhalt pleafe to afk ; for, thank God, I have yet a fufficiency to do that but thou muft prevent me from falling into the hands of the baftard/ A a 3, The 157


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