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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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ànd took up their pofition on the ground which the Scots had occupied. When he found that they were returned home, he was much enraged y for he had come there withfo much fpeed, that both his men and horfes were fadly fatigued. . He ordered his men to take tip their quarters where they were, as he wifhed to go to the caftle to fee the noble dame within, whom he had never feen fiiice her marriage. Every one made up his lodgings as he pleafed ; and the king, as foon as he was disarmed, taking ten or twelve knights with him, went to the caftle, to falute the countefs of Saliibury, and to examine what damage the attacks of "the Scots • had done, and the manner in which thofe within / had defended themfelves. The moment the countefs heard pf the king'i approach, ihe ordered all the.gates to be thrpwn open, and went to meet him, moll riohly drefled; infomuch, that no one could look at her but with wonder, and admiration at her noble deportment, great beauty, and affability of behaviour. When ihe came near the king, ihe made her reverence to the ground, and gave him her thanks for coming to her affiftance, and then conduced him into the caftle, to entertain and honour him, as ihè was very capable of doing. Every one was delighted with her: the king could not take his eyes off her* as he thought he had never before feen fo beautiful or fprightly a lady ; fo that a fpark of fine love ft ruck upon his fceart, which lafled a long time, for he did not be lieve that the whole world produced any other ladjr fo worthy of being beloved. Thus


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