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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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his breaft $ but tl# point flipped off ihe fteel breaft-plate, and pierced the hood, which was of good, mail, and, entering his neck, cut the jugular vein, and pafled quite through, breaking off at the (haft with the head ; fo that the truncheon remained in the neck of the fquire, who was killed, as you may fuppofe. The Englifh fquire pafled on to hw chair, where hé feated himfelf* The French lords, who had feen the ftroke and the broken fpear in his neck, haftened to him : they immediately took off his helmet, and drew out the fpear. On its being extra&ed, he turned himfelf about without uttering a word, and fell down dead. The Englifh fquire hurried to his relief, crying out to have the blood ftaunched, but could not arrive before he expired, Nicholas Clifford was then exceedingly vexed, for having by ill fortune flain a valiant and good man at arms. AH who at that time could have feen the defpair of the count de la Marche, who had fuch an affe&ion for his deceafed fquire, would furely have much pitied him : he was in the greateft diftrefs, for he efteemed him above all others. The conftable was prefent, and endeavoured to comfort him, frying, 'that fuch things were to be expe&ed in fimil?r combats. It has turned out unfortunate for our fquire, but the Englifhman could not help it/ He then addreffed himfelf tô the Englifh,—c Come, come to dinner, for it is ready/ The conflable led them, as I may fay, • againft their wills to the caftle to dinner, for they wifhed nojt to go there on account of the death of the Frenchman, The 181


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