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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.6

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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.6
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deliers, where the earl of Cambridge had his rè-fidence. The canon of Roberfac promifed to at-tend : indeed, it was well he did, for otherwife _ it would have turned out badly. About eight o'clock, they were all aflembled, except the* canon, fuch as fir William Beau-champ, fir Matthew Gourhay his uncle, the lord Talbot, fir William Hermon ;* and, of Gafcohs, the fouldich de la Trane, the lord de la Barde, ' the lord de Châteauneuf and feveral more, who began to fpeak and make their complaints known to each other. There was among them a knight baftard brother to the king of England, called fir John Sounder, who was louder than all the reft, and faid,—* The earl of Cambridge has brought us hither: every day we venture our * lives, and are willing fo to do, for his fervice, and yet he keeps our pay. I therefore advife, that we form a ftrict union among ourfelves, and unanimoufly agree to difplay the pennon of St. George, declaring ourfelves friends to God, and enemies to all the world; for if we do not make ourfelves feared, we fhall not have ' any thing/ c By my faith/ replied fir William Helmort, * you fay well, and we will do it/ All agreed to the propofal, and confidered whom they fhould choofe for their leadef : they thought they could not have a better than Sounder, for he would have more leifure to do mifchief, and -had greater courage for it, than the others. They hoifted the pennon of St. George, and cried out,— A Sounder, a Sounder, that valiant * Hermon. Q. Froiflart calls him afterwards Helmon. baftard! 5S


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