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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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true/ added the fquire, and then began his his-tory in thefe words : The firft time I bore arms was under the captai de Bueh at the battle of Poitiers : by good luck I made that day three prisoners, a knight and two fquires, who paid me, one with the other, four thoufand francs. The following year I was in Pruffia with the count de Foix and his confia the captai, under whofe command I was. Ou our return, we found the ducfoefs of Nor-mandy, the duchefs of Orleans and a great num-ber of ladies and damfels (hut up in Meaux in Brie. The peafants had confined them in the market-place of Meaux, and would have vio-lated them, if God had not fent us thither : for they were completely in their power, as they amounted to more than ten thoufand, and the ladies were alone. Upwards of fix thoufand Jacks were killed on the fpot, and they never afterwards rebelled. c At this time there was a truce between the kings of France and England, but the king of Navarre continued the war on his own perfonal quarrel with the regent of France. The count de Foix returned to his own country, but ray matter and felf remained with the king of Na* varre and in his pay. We made, with the help of others, a fevere war on France; particularly in Picardy, where we took many towns and catties in the bifhopricks of Beauvois and Amiens : we were matters of the country and rivers, and gained very large fums of money. 1 When the truce expired between France and " f 4 Ingland; £15


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