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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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remain is they were, c for that he would go and fee what the Saracen wanted : he has an inter-preter with him, and is probably come to make fome propofition.* His men remained Heady, and he rode towards the Saracen. When they were near each other, the interpreter faid,—c Chriftian, are you a gentleman, of name in arms, and ready to anfwer what fhall be afked of you t € Yes/ replied Affrenal, 'I am: fpeak what you pleafe, it fhall be anfwered/ Well,* faid the interpreter, 4 here is a noble man of our country who demands to combat with you bodily ; and, if you would like to in-creafe the number to ten, he will bring as many of his friends to meet you. The caufe for the challenge is this : They maintain, that their faith is more perfeô than yours ; for it has continued fince the beginning of the world, when it was written down ; and that your faith has been intro-duced by a mortal, whom the Jews hung and cru-cified.* c Ho,* interrupted Affrenal, c be filent on thefe matters, for it does not become fuch as thee to difpute concerning them, but tell the Sa-racen, who has ordered thee tp fpeak, to (wear on his f.ith that fuch a combat fhall take place, and he fhall be gratified within four hours. Let him bring ten gentlemen, and of name in arms, on his fide, and I will bring as many to meet him.* The interpreter related to the Saracen the words that had paffed, who feemed much rejoiced there* 3t, and pledged himfelf for the combat. v ' - ' TO* 914


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