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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
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expedition into Ài$ria. Upon this, the lord de Coucy left Paris, and went to Chalons, where he refided about one month, and retained knights and ftfuires from all parts in Bar, Lorraine, Cham-pagne and in the Rethelois. • The king of France, after feveral conferences with the duke of Brittany, left Paris, though the duke's pleadings in his courts were not near con-cluded ; for their proceedings, when they choofe, are very tedious, and they make the fuitors fpend much money without any great advances in their fuits. The king went to Montereau fur Yonne, on the borders of Brie and the Gatinois, where he held his court, and frequently amuféd himfelf with hunting ftags and other animals in the adjacent forefts. During the refidenceof the king at Montereau, a deed of arms was there performed between an Englifh knight attached to the duke of Irelarid, called fir Thomas Hapurjgan, and fir John des Barres. This duel had made a great noife throughout France, and in other countries ; and it Was to be fought with five courfes of the lancé on horfeback, five thrufts \*ith fwords, the fame number of ftrokes with daggers and battle-axes ; and, Ihould their armour fail, they were to be fupplied anew, until it tfere perfect. The knights, being well armed, mounted their, courfers to perform their duel, in the prefence of the king, his barons and knights, and a great concourfe of people. They tilted on horfeback four 191


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