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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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for them*. The ladies here quitted their litters, and were conducted to different apartments ; and the lords, after the dancing, returned to their hotelsf. On the morrow, which was Monday, the king gave a grand dinner to a numerous company of * Den y s Sauvage, in a marginal note, fays, that this queen Joan was the widow of Charles le Bel, and her daughter Blanche married to Philip duke of Orleans, brother to the late king John. Froiflart has mentioned them before : but the widow of Charles le Bel died, according to F Art de Verifier les Dates, at Brie-comte-Robert, 1370, and queen Ifabella's entry was in 1389. f Froiflart having omitted a curious circumftance that hap-pened at this entry of the queen, I fhall tranflate it from Les Grands Chroniques de St. Denis. ' The king, having heard what fine pageants were prepar-ing, faid to Savoifi, who was one of his valets de chambre, ' Savoifi, I beg that thou wouldft mount my good horfe, and I will get up behind thee ; and we will difguife ourfelves fo that no one Jhall know us, and go and fee the entry of my wife/ Savoifi did all he could to diffuade the king from this, but the king would be obeyed. They therefore difguifed themfelves, and the king rode behind Savoifi to different parts of Paris.— They came to the châtelet as the queen was paffing, and lie crowd was fo great, that Savoifi got into the midft. Bailiffs, armed with Haves, had been fiationed there to prevent any . harm being done to the pageant, who laid about them mod luftily, to keep off the crowd. Savoifi and the king, til pufh-ing forward, the bailiffs, who knew not the king, gave to each feyeral (harp blows on their fhoulders. In the evening, the king told the ladies what had happened to. him at the châte-let, and there was much laughing and joking on the occafion among them/ ladies ; 360


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