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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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CHAP. XLL. THE BISHOP OF DURHAM IS ANXIOUS TO SUC-COUR THE ENGLISH AND RESCUE "SIR HENRY . PERCY, BUT IS SO BADLY SUPPORTED BY HIS MEN,, THAT HE ' IS FORCED TO RETREAT.— ' HE MAKES SIR JAMES LINDSAY PRISONER, WHO HAD TAKEN SIR MATTHEW REDMAN. THE fame evening that fir Henry and fir Ralph Percy had left Newcaftle, the bifhop of Durham, with the remainder of the forces of that diftrict, had arrived there and flipped. While feated at table, he confidered that he fhould not act very honourably if he remained in the " town while his countrymen had taken the ' See the two ballads on this battle, publifhed by Dr. Percy m his Reliques of Ancient Englifh Poetry, and by Walter Scott. Efq. in lis Border Minftrelfy : from the Scots ballad I extract as follows. ' ' Douglas was armed with an iron mace, which few but he could wield, and ruAied into the combat, followed only by his chaplain and his two fquires. Before £is followers could come up, their brave leader lay ftretched oh the ground, with three mortal wounds, and his two fquires dead by his itde : the prieft alone, armed with a lance, was protecting hit mailer from farther injury. * I die like my forefathers/ faid the expiring hero, * in a field of battle, and not on a bed of ficknefk Conceal my death, defend my ftandard, and avenge my * f S?


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