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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
page 366



/ of the to*n was a knight called fir Robert Salle : he was not by birtfiT a gentleman, but, iiaving àc- ' quired • great renown for ' his ability and courage, 'king ErfWard '.had created Mma knight : he was tht hândïbfaeft 'and ffrôngeft man in' England'. Lifter arici hisf companions took it into their heads they': would make this knight their commander, ktid carry"iirm with them, in order to be the more feared. ' '.' 'They ferit orders to him to come out into the fields td fpeak with them, or they would attack and imrn the irity. ' The Juiight, confidering it was much''bétter foi' Him to go to them than that they fhould commit filch outrages,: mounted his horfe, and went put of the town alone, to hear what they had to fay. ' When they perceived him coming, they fhewed him every iftark of refpeft, and court-eoufly entreated him to difmount, and talk with them. He did difmount, and committed a great folly : for, when lie had fo done, having furrounded him, they at firft cônyerfed in a friendly way, faying, —* Robert^' you.are a knight, and a man of great weight in this couhtry, renowned for your valour : yet, notwithftanding' all this; we know who you are : you are not a gentleman, but the foh of a poor fnafon, juft fuch as ourfelves. Do you come with* us, as our commander, and we will make fo great a lord of you' that one quarter of England fhall be under your command/ ' . " • The krtîglit, on . hearing them thus fpeak, was exceedingly angry • he would never havecohfented to fiicfi Jaffopofal i and, eyeing them with inflarriéd , ': 1 *;f A a 2 looks, 355


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