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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
page 143



• "129 dêfottgabîe hunter, and the moi! excellent ftrik* èr of birds/ * The king was much pfeafed with 4be prefent, and.faid, € Fair coufin, I give yot* my thanks/ He then thought he turned to the? conftable of France, who was near him, attd faid, f Sir Oliver, let you and I go to the plains, and try this elegant falcon which my coufln of Flanders has given me/ When the conftable âhfwereu,f Well, let us go/ Then each mount-ed their horfes, and went into the fields, taking - the falcon with them, where they found plenty 6f herons to fly him at. The king faid, - « Gon-flable, caft off the falcon, and we fhall fee how he will hunt/ The conftable let him fly, anil the falcon mounted fo high in the air, they could fcarcely fee him : he took the direction towards Flanders. * Let us ride after my bird/ faid the king to the conftable : ' for I will not fofe him/ The conftable atfented, and they rode on, as it appeared to the king, through a large marfh, when they came to a wood, on which the king cried out,1 Difmount, difmotmt :, we carniot pafs this wood on horfeback/ • They then diftnounted, - when fome fervants came and took their horfes. The king and the con-ftable entered the wood with much difficulty, and walked on until they came to an extenfive fteath, where they faw the falcon chafmghefons, and ftriking them down; but they refilled, and there was a battle between them. It feemed to tbe king that his falcon performed gallantly, and drove the birds before him fo far, that he loft fight of him. This much vexed the king, {VMUVL.. •• K •»


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