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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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This being done, each returned to bis friends;, but the news had already been carried to fir Guy and to fir William de la Trimouille, who, meeting Affrenal, demanded how he had fettled matters with the Saracen. Affrenal related what you have heard, and that he had accepted the challenge. The two knights were well pleafed, and faid,—• • f Affrenal, go and fpeak to others, for we will be of your number ten.' He replied, God aflift us ! I fancy 1 ihall find plenty ready to fight the Sa-racens.' Shortly after, Affrenal met the lord de Thim, to whom he told what had paffed, and aiked if he would make one. The lord de Thim willingly accepted the offer ; and of all thofe to whom Affrenal related it, he might, if he pleafed, have had a hundred inftead of ten. Sir Boucicaut, the younger, accepted it with great courage, as did fir Helion de Lignac, fir John Ruffe!, an Englilhman, fir John Harpedone, Alain Boudet and Bouchet. When the number of ten was com-pleted, they retired to their lodgings, to prepare and arm themfelves. When the news of this combat was fpread through the army, and the names of the ten were told, the knights and fquires faid,—€ They are lucky fellows, thus to have fuch a gallant feat of arms fall to their lot.* 6 Would to Heaven/ added many, € that we were of the ten.' All the knights and fquires feemed to rejoice at this event, except the lord de Coucy. I believe the lord de Thim was a dependant on, or of the company of the lord de Coucy ; for, when he repaired to his P 4 tent «15


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