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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
page 130



- guarded him, and was m Englifhman, began to companionate him and gendy to footh him* . Sir Raymond, who faw no rays of comfort in his diftrefs, fince he was to be fent to England, at laft opened his mind to his keeper. c My friend/ faid he, c if you will engage to deliver me from the pe-ril in which I am, I will promife and fwear on my loyalty to divide half and half with you all my landed pofleffions, which you fhall have for your inheritance ; and never as long as I live will I be wanting to you in whatever manner you may pleafe.' The Engliftiman, who was poor, con-fidcred that fir Raymond was in danger of his life, and as he had promifed hirp fuch a handfbme re-compcnfe to favç it, he took compafïion on him, and faid he would do all he could to ferve him. Sir Raymond heard this with great joy, and fwore upon his honour to perform ftri&ly what he had promifed, and even more if he infiftcd upon it. Upon which they confulted how they could beft bring this bufinefs to a happy end. When night came, the Englifhman, who kept the keys of the tower of the caftle where fir Ray- ^ mond lay, opened his prifon and a poftern-gate, from whence they iflued into the plain, and made for a wood, to prevent themfelves bçing overtaken. They were in greater diftrefs all the night than can be imagined ; for they rqarched feven leagues on Foot, ' and it had frozen fo hard, that their feet were all cut and torn. At laft, however, at the dawn they came to a French fortrefs, where they were leirtily received by the companions who guarded .118


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