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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.8

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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.8
page 137



parliament. It was long pleaded, and the parlia-ment at laft, becaufe they could not produce other evidence than herfelf againft James le Gris, judged it (hould be decided in the tilt-yard, by a duel for •life or death. The knight, the fquire and the lady were inftantly put under arreft until the day of this mortal combat, which, by order of parlia-ment, was fixed for the enfuing Monday, in the • year 1387 ; at which time, the king of France and his barons were at Sluys, intending to invade England. The king, on hearing of this duel, declared he would be prefent at it The dukes of Berry, Burgundy, Bourbon, and the conftable of France, being • alfo defirous of ^ feeing it, agreed it was proper - he (hould be there. The king, in con-fequence, fent orders to Paris to prolong the day of the dual, for that he would be prefent. This order was pun&ually obeyed, and the king and bis lords departed for France. The king kept the feaft of the Calends at Arras, and the duke of Burgundy at Lille. In the mean time, the men at arms made for their different homes, as had ' been ordered by the mar(hals ; but the principal chiefs went to Paris, to witnefs the combat* When the^ king of France was returned to Paris, lifts were made for the champions in the place of St, Catherine, behind the Temple ; and the lords had erefted, on one fide, fcaffoids, the better to fee the fight. The crowd of people was wonderful. The two champions entered the lifts armed at all points, and each was feated in a chair oppofite 124


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