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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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John Chandos : look at mc well j and, if Goâ pleafe, we will now put to the proof your great deeds of arms which are fo renowned/ With fuch words as thefe did fir John Chandos greet them : he would not have wifhed to ^ have been any where elfe, fo eager was he to fight with them. _ é Sir Louis and Carnet kept themfelves in a dofe body, as if they were willing to engage. Lord Thomas Percy and the Englifh on the, other fide of the bridge " knew nothing of what had pafled, for the bridge was very high in the middle; which prevented them from feeing over it. During this fcoffing of fir * John Chandos, a Éreton drew his fword, and could not refift from beginning the battle : he ft ruck an Englifh fquire* named Simkin Dodenhale, and beat him to much about the breaft with his fword that he knocked him off his horfe on the.ground. Sir John Chan-dos, who, heard the rioife behind him, turned round, and faw his fquire on the ground andt perfons beating him. This enraged him more than before : he faid to his men, 1 Sirs, what are you about ? how fuffer you this man to be flam ? Difmount, difmount and at thé inltant he was on foot, as were all his company.- Simkin was refcued, and the battle began. Sir John Chandos, who was a ftrong and bold knight, and cool in all his undertakings, had his banner advanced before him, furroùnded by his men, with the fcutcheon above his arms, he him-felf was drefled in a large robe which fell to the ground, •44


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