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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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honour, who were defirous of fame, went and joined one fide or other, as pleafed them bed. Three German knights, who were in garrifon at Bouchain, heard, as others had done, that the two kings were near each other, and it was thought they would fight. Upon which two of them urged and entreated their companion that he would confent to remain in Bouchain, to guard and preferve it until they returned, and that they would make an excurfion as far as Tournay, to feek adventures, and to fee how things were going on. The two knights fet out, whofe names were fir Courrat d'Aftra and fir Courrat de Lancenuch ; they rode itili they came to Eftampons, above Valenciennes, for they were defiroys of crofiing the Scheld at-Condé. Between Frefnes and Eftampons they heard a noife, and met many people running away; upon which they fpurred their horfes, and pufhed on towards the place from whepce the outcry came, with their whole company. They were all together about twenty-five lances. They inquired of the firfl: they met the meajiing of #U the noife and flight : Oh Lord, gentlemen,' faid they,4 the foldiers from Mortagne have made an incurfion upon us, and have collected a large booty in this neighbourhood, which ihey are driving to their fortrefe, together with many prifoners they have taken.' The two knights a£ked if they could conduQ them to the road thefé foldiers were going? Upon their anfwering in the affirmative, they purfuçd the ïxench of Mortagne, and followed thefe honeft men, Qjz who


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