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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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tftit tô âftft hè found him thérfe, and acknow-ledged hirfi for his lord. He related to him the challenge of the Saracen, and that he had accepted beihg one of the ten. All prefent were loud in, pîaîfe of it, except the lord de Coucy, who faid, c Hold your tofcgues, you youngfters, who as yet know nothing of the world, and who never " con-fided confeqtiences, but always appl ud folly-In pYefefencfc to good. I fee no advantage in this combat, for many rèafons: one is, that ten noble and dlftîngùifhed gentlemen are about to fight with ten Safrâceni. How do we know if their opponents are gentlerten ? They may, if they choofe, ,bring tô the combat ten varlêts, or knaves, and, if they are defeated, what h the gain? We Ihall not the fobtitt win the town of Africa, but by it rilk very valuable lives. Perhaps they may form an am-bVifcade, and, while our friends are on the plain voting fof* their opponents, furround them and carry th'em off, by Which we fhall bfe greatly weakened. I the; efore fay, that Affrenal has not rifely managed this matter ; and, when he firft met the Saracen, he fhould have other wife ân!wered, and faid, * I am ndt the commander in chief of our armjr, but one of the leaft in it ; and you Saracen, who addrefs yourfelf to me and blame our faith, are not qualified to difcufs fuch matters, rior have you well addreifed yourfèlf. 1 will cônduft you • to my lords, and afTure you, on my life, that no harm befal you in going or in returning, for niy lords will cheerfully liften to you/ • He fhould theft have led Men to the duké ' of Bourbon ahd the council


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