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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.4

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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.4
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We mil now fay fcmetMiig of the firft fquire* who had left Puirenon at midnight, and who* having loft his road, had wandered about all die night. When it was broad day, he knew his road, and made ftraight for Poitiers ; but, his horfe being tired, he did not arrive there until about nine o'clock, when he difmounted in the fquare before the hôtel of fir John Chandos* and immediately entered it, having learnt that he was at mais : he approached him, and, falling on his knees, delivered his meflfage. Sir John Chandos, who had not yet recovered his vexation at the ear! of Pembroke's refufal to join him in his expeditions, was not very eager to give him affiftance : he coldly faid, c It will be almoft impoffible for us to get there in time and hear the whole mafs.* Soon after mafs the ta-bles were fpread, and dinner fet out. His Ser-vants afked fir John, if he would dine : * Yes,* faid he, c fince it is ready,' and then entered the hall, where his knights and fquires had preceded him with water to wafli his hands. As he was thus employed, and before he fat down to table, the fécond fquire from the earl of Pembroke en-tered the hall, and, having knelt down, drew the ring from his purfe, faying ; € Dear fir, my lord the earl of Pembroke recommends himfelf to yoti by this token, and entreats you moft earncftly to come to his affiftance, and^ refcue him from the imminent danger he is rit3w*in at Puirenort.' Sir John Chandos took the ring, and, having examined it, knew it well. He then replied, c It Vol. IV. C Witt 17


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