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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 369



ferved the table; fof, in truth, the crowd was fo very great, there was no moying but with much difficulty. There were plenty of minftrels, who played away to the beft of their abilities. The kings, prelates, and ladies, having waflied and feated themfelves at table, their places were as follows : the bifhop of Noyon was feated at the head of the king's table, then the bifhop of Lan-gres, and then the archbifhop of Rouen, by the fide of the king of France, who was that day clothed in a crimfon furcoat, lined with ermine, and the royal crown on his head. A little above ihe king was the queen, crowned alfo very rich-ly. Next the queen was placed the king of Ar-menia, then the duchefs of Berry, the duchefs of Burgundy, the duchefs of Touraine, madame de Ne vers, mademoifelle Bonne de Bar, madame de Coucy, and mademoifelle Marie de Harcourt. There were none others at the king's table, ex-cept at the very lower end, the lady de Sully, wife of fir Guy de la Trimouille. There were two other tables in the hall, at which were feated upwards of five hundred ladies and damfels; but the crowd was fo great, it was with difficulty they could be ferved with their dinner, which was plentiful and fumptuous. Qf this it is pot worth the trouble to give ajiy par-ticulars; but I muft fpeak of fome devices which were curioufly arranged, and would have given the king much amufement, had thofe who had undertaken it been able to act their parts. in tbermiddle of, the hall ,was erected a ç#ftlc of wood, forty feet high, twenty feet 'long, and as 362


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