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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.7

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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.7
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with him, for you know he is attached to the queen and from her country : you would have done better to have affifted him than to act thus/ * Indeed!' replied one of the fquires to the archer who had firft fpoken, c thou villainous knave, thou wanteft to intermeddle: -what is it. to thee if I laugh at his follies ?' * What is it to me f anfwered the archer, c it concerns me enough, for he is the companion of my mailer ; and I will never remain quiet and fee or hear him abufed/ ' If I thought, knave/ said the squire, * thou wouldft aid him againft me, I would thrifft my fword through thy body/ As he uttered thefe words, he made an attempt to ftrike him : the archer drew back, and having his bow ready bent, with a good arrow, let fly, and fhot him through the body and heart, fo that he fell down dead. The other fquire, when he faw his com-panion fall, ran away. Sir Meles had before re- aed to his lodgings, and the two archers went to their lord and related to him what had hap-pened. Lord Ralph, when he had heard the whole, faid, 1 You have behaved very ill.* * By my troth,' replied the archer, c I could not have acted otherwife, if I had not wifhed to have been killed myfelf, and I had much rather he fliould die than that I {hould/ c Well/ fâidlord Ralph, * go, and get out of fight, ' that thou mayeft not be found : I will negociate thy pardon with fir John Holland, either through my lord and father, or by fome other means.' The archer replied, " he would cheerfully obey him/ News 60


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