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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
page 147



happy were we, when riding out in fearch of ad-ventures, wê met a rich abbot, a merchant, or a firing of mules, well laden with draperies, furs or fpices, from Montpellier, Beziers, or other places: All was our own, or at leafl ranfomed according to our will. Every day we gained ' money. ' The peafants of Auvergne and Limoufin loved us, and provided our caftle with corn, meal, baked bread, litter for our horfes, oats, hay, good _ wine, fat beeves, fheep and all forts of poultry : we lived like kings ; and when we went abroad, the ' country trembled : every thing was ours, both in going and returning. How did I and the bourg "Copane take Carlat ? and how did I and Perrot le Béarnois win Chalucet ? How did we, you and I, without other afliftance, fcale the * ftrong caftle of Marquel, that belongs to the count-dauphin ? I only kept it five days, and was paid down on a table, five thoufand francs for it, of which I gave back one thoufand, from love to the count's chil-dren. By my troth, this was a profitable and pleafant life, and I feel myfelf much reduced by felling Aloife, which was ftrong enough to refift any force that could be brought againft it ; and was * befide, at the time of my furrendering, fo plentifully ftored with provifion and other necef-faries, that it would not have needed any thing for feven years to come. . I confider myfelf, there-fore, as deceived by this count d'Armagnac : in- . deed, Olim Barbe and Perrot le Béarnois fore-» warned me that I fhould repent when too late, and 1 now 133


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