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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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Thefe aftftfei» Hrhîch were fiifficienfî to cotafett #hat force the king of Caftille and his allies could bring to the field, continued their march until they came to the river Dtaero. Tin* was not eafy to pafs ; for it is deep, with high banks, and full of broken rocks, except at certain bridges, which had Either been deftroyed, or fo ftrongly fortified and guarded it was not poffible to attempt them with hopes Of fuccefs. While they were confidering hotr they could erofs it, it chanced that fir John Holland, the con-ftable, fir Thomas Moreaux and fir Richard Bur-ley, the marfhals, or thèir'foragers, during an ex-? çurfîon, fell m with a fquire of Galicia, called Dommage Baghor, who was riding through the Country, having paffed the river : he knew that all the bridges were broken down, but he was ac? quainted with a ford that could eafily be paffed on borfeback or on foot, and, when he faw the enemy, fie had turned back, and was riding * for this ford. He was made prifoner, and brought to thefe lords, who clofely examined him as to a ford ; and the conftable told him, that if he would (hew them a fafe one, for he had heard there were fuch, he would Hot only give him his liberty, but make him a hand? . fome prefent befide. The fquire was not well ad-vifed, and too eager to gain his liberty and the con-ftable's gift : he therefore faid, that he would ihew them a place where thq whole army might crofs . in fafety. The conftable and marfhals were Iq joyful on hearing this, that they fent to acquaint the 572


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