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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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with à large* body of men at arms, to march to Brittany for this purpofe. They Janded at Calais, and, having marched through the kingdom of France, are qow fo much in the heart of it as to be arrived before the city of Troyes, wherein they know are great numbers of the nobility : in parti-cular, the duke of Burgundy, fon of the late king of France and brother to the king now on the throne : therefore, the lord Thomas of Buckingham, fon to the late king of England, demands a battle/ The heralds requefted to have this put down in writing, which they were promifed to have on the morrpw j but, when they again afked for it, they had changed their opinions, and no letters were given : but they were told to go, and fay what they had heard, as they were of fufficient credit* 1 and, if they choofê, they will believe you/ The heralds could not approach near enough to the duke to deliver their meffage, nor obtain any anfwer. Tie young. Englfh knights had already begun to ikirmifh, which had troubled every thing, and fome French knights and men at arms faid to the heralds, f Gentlemen, you are in a hazardous fituation, for the common people of this town are very wicked/ This hint made them return, without doing any thing.* We will now relate the beginning of the ikirmifh. In the firft place, there was an Englifh fquire, a native of the bifhoprick of Lincoln, who WAS an excellent man & arms, and there gave proofs of his courage. I know not ifvhç had made any vow s but with his lance in its rç^H» target v on 205


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