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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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entreated him, for the love of his miftrefs, that he would deliver him from his vow, by tilting with him three couifes with the lance, three attacks with the fword, three with the battle-axe, and three with the dagger ; and that, if he chofe to come to Validolid, he had provided him an efcort of fixty fpears ; but, if it were more agreeable to him to re-main in Entença, he defired he would obtain from the duke of Lancafter a paflport for himfelf and thirty companions. When fir John Holland had. peruTed the letter, he fmiled, and, looking at the herald, faid,— c Friend, thou art welcome j for thou haft brought me what pleafes me much, and 1 accept the chal-lenge. Thou wilt remain in my lodging, with my people, and, in the courfe of to-morrow, thou (halt have my anfwer, whether the tilts are to be in Ga* licia or Caftille/ The herald replied, € God grant it/ He remained in fir John's lodgings, where he was made comfortable ; and fir John went to the duke of Lancafter, whom he found in converfation with the marihal, and fhewed the letter the herald had brought. 4 Well,' faid the duke, ' and have you accepted it ?' € Yes, by my faith have I j and why not ? I love nothing better than fighting, and the knight entreats me to indulge him : confider, therefore, where you would choofe it ihould take place/ The duke mufed a while, and then faid ; It ihall be performed in this town : have a paflport made out in what terms you pleafe, and I will feal it/ * It is well faid,' replied fir John ; * and I will, in God's name, foon make out the paflport.* The 201


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