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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
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oppofite the other: the count de St. Pol dire&ed fir John de Carogne, and the retainers of the count d'Alençon James le Gris. On the knight entering the field, he went to his lady, who was covered with black and feated on a chair, and faid,—6 Lady, from your accufation, and in your • quarrel, am I thus adventuring my life to combat James le Gris : you know whether my caufe be loyal and true.* * My lord/ fhe replied, 4 it is fo ; and you may fight fecurely, for your caufe is good.' The lady remained feated, making fervent prayers to God and the virgin, entreating humbly, that through her grace and interceffion, fhe might gain the victory according to her right. Her affliction was great, for her life depended on the event ; and, fhouid her hufband lofe the vi&ory, fhe would have been burnt, and he would have been hanged. I am ignorant, for I never had any converfation with her or the knight, whether fhe had not frequently repented of having pufhed mat-ters fo far as to place herfelf and hufband in fuch peril ; but it was now too late, and fhe muft abide the event. The two champions were then ad-vanced, and placed oppofite to each other ; when they mounted their horfes, and made a handfome appearance, for they were both expert men at arms. They ran their firft courfe without hurt to either. After the tilting, thçy difmounted, and made ready to continue the fight. They behaved with courage ; but fir John de Carogne was, at the firft onfet, wounded in the thigh, which alarmed all his friends ; notwithftanding this, he fought 125


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