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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.9

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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.9
page 114



" 103 the proniife I made you about a month ago, that if I fhould,'by good fortune, take an Englifhman prifoner, I would fhew him to you. Through the grace of God, I have this day fallen in with a -fiarty of very valiant ones; but, although they gave us enough to do, the field is ours. They were not indeed real Euglifhmen, but Gafcons who wage war under that name, and come from Beam and upper Gafcony. You may view -them at your leifure ; for, out of my love to you, I (hall leave them in this town until they have paid me their ranfom/ The ladies laughed, turned the matter into merriment, and faid, they were obliged to him. When they departed, he accompanied them, and remained in Montferrant for three days amufing himfelf with the ladies and damfels. Bonne-lance, during his flay, gave good entertainment to Maudurant and his companions, as he faw they were poor, but bold fellows in the field ; it would have been better for.the town had he killed or drowned them than to have left them there. When he was going away, he faid to Geronnet, You will remain Were as hoftage for your com-panions, who are to feek your ranfom ; and, when you fhall be prepared to pay, I have or-dered a perfon to receive it for me ; and, the moment you have acquitted yourfelf to me, you may depart, for I have left inftructions that you jnay meet with no impediment. Remember, Geronnet, that I have treated you handfomely ; and, if any of our men fall into your hands, do yon treat them in like manner/ c On my faith,* - - s replied


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