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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.1

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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.1
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fuch high birth, who is a daughter of a king descended from royal lineage, and to whofe blood we ourfelves are related? I would have preferred renouncing every expectation I have here, and gone and ferved my God beyond feas, without ever returning, rather than that this good lady Îhould have left us without comfort a*d aid. If you will permit me to go, and grant me a willing leave, I (hall do well, and thereby the better accompliih itiy purpofe.' When the good earl had heard his brother, and perceived the great defire he had for this enterprife, and that poffibly it might turn out not only to his own honour, but to that of his defcendants ; he faid to him, · Dear brother, God forbid that there ^hould be any hindrance to your wifh: therefore I give you leave in the name of God!* He then killed him, and fqueezed his hand, ih fign of great affe£Uon. Sir John fet out, and went that night to Mons, in Hainault, where he flept, as did the queen of England.-r-Why fhould I lengthen my ftory?—. They travelled in fuch a manner as to arrive at Dordrecht, by the time limited for their friends to meet them. At that place they provided themfelves with vcflels of different fizes, and having embarked their cavalry, baggage, &c. they fat fail, having firft recommended themfelves to the care of the Lord. In this expedition there were the following knights and lords of Hainault ; firft, fir John de Hainault, lord of Beaumorit, fir Henry d* Antoing, fu Michael de Ligne, the lord of Gommegines,


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