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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
page 180



pillage wâs refcued, and all who Conducted it flain or made prifoners ; for not three efcaped excepting varlets, who ran away and croffed the river Leffe by fwimming. Thus ended this bufinefs, and the garrifon of Lourde never had fuch a lofs as it fuffered that day. The prifoners werecourteouily ranfomed,or mutually exchang-ed ; for thofe who had been engaged in this combat had made feveral prifoners on each fide, fo that it behoved them to treat each other hand-fomely.* ( Holy Mary !' faid I to the knight, € this bourg d'Efpaign, is he fo ftrong a man as you tell me?1 * Yes, that he is, by my troth/ faid he, * and you will not find his equal in all Gaf-cony for vigour of body : it is for this the count de Foix efteems him as his brother in arms-Three years ago, I faw him play a ridiculous trick, which I will relate to you. On Chriftmas-day, when the count de Foix was celebrating the feaft with numbers of knights and fquires, as is cuftomary, the weather was piercing cold, and the count had dined, with many lords, in the hall. After dinner he rofe and went into a gal-lery, which has a large ftair-eàfe of twenty-four fteps : in this gallery is a chimney where there is a fire kept when the count inhabits it, otherwife not ; and the fire is never great, for he does not like it : it is not for want of blocks of wood, for Béarn is covered with wood in plenty to warm him if he had chofen it, but he has accuftomed himfelf to a fmall fire. When in the gallery he thought the fire too fmall, for it was freezing and the weather very (harp, and faid to the knights around Î1Ù


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