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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.5

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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.5
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ëf Mortain, as foon as he was rifcn, if it were a fine morning, to feat himfeif before the caftle, when he had his hair combed and plaited for a confiderable length of time, during which he viewed the caftle, and the furrounding country, for he had not the fmalieft dread from any quarter : if was not ufuaj for any one to attend him as a guard but this John Ham be. Very often it happened 'that he there completely drefifed himfeif ; and, if any one had bufinefs with him, they went there to feek him. On his laft vifit it was early morn apd fine clear weather, and the heat of the night had prevented him from fleeping : he went thither all unbuttoned with only his jacket and fhirt, %nd his cloak thrown Qver him, when he feated himfeif as ufual, attend-ed by John Lambe. All the others werç afleep, and no guard was kept, for he confidered the caftle of Mortain as conquered. After Evan had feated himfeif on the trunk of a tree* he faid to John Lambe, c Go and feek my cqmb, for that will refrelh me a little.'. He anfwered, ? Willingly, my lord.' On his way to feek for the comb, or when returning with it, the devil muft have en* tered the body of this John; for with the comb he brought a fhort Spaniih dagger that had a broad point, to accomplifli' his evil intentions : bç ftruck this dagger into Evan, whofe body was almoft naked, and pierced him through, fo that he fell down dead. After he had performed • this deed, hç left the dagger in the body, fet off, and went flpwly pq the - barriers


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