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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.10

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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.10
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battened his expedition, if that to Africa had not interfered ; but that delayed it for feme little time, for many knights and fquires, - who were gone thither, had promifed him their affifiance, a3 foon, as he. fhould begin his march. The fud-dennefs of the invafion of Barbary deranged his plans, and likewife induced the more fpeedy ca-pitulations with the captains ' of the free com-panies. . ' '. Aymerigot Marcel was much vexed that he had fold his cattle of Aloife, near St. Flour for his importance was loft, and he was lefs feared. During the time he held it againft the whole force of the country, he was dreaded and re-*fpeâed by his companions in arms. He kept it always in good repair and well provifioned ; for his compofitioiis with the country round amounted to" twenty thoufand florins yearly. He was quite melancholy, when he thought of his reduced flate, and would not diminifh his treafure, lyhich he had gained by his robberies, now the means of jncreafmg it were clofed. He faid to himfelf, that he heartily repented what he had done, becaufe in his opinion the pillaging life he had led, taking all things into consideration, was not to be de-fpifed. At times, he converfed on this fubjeft with his former companions, and faid,—c There is no pleafure nor glory in this world like what men at arms, fuch as ourfelves, enjoyed. How * Saint Flour,—a town in Auvergne, 22 leagues from Clermoat-ferrand, 25 from Eiom. happy 137


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