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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 232



tournaments and feats to be holden in the city of London, where fixty knights ihould be accom-panied by fixty noble ladies, richly ornamented and dreffed. The fixty knights were to dit for two days ; that is to fay, on, the Sunday after Michaelmas-day, and the Monday following, in the year of grace 1390. The fixty knights were to fet out at two o'clock in the afternoon from the Tower of London, with their ladies, and parade through the ftreets, down Cheapfide, to a large fquare called SmithftekL There the knights were to wait on the Sunday the arrival of any foreign knights who • might be defirous of tilting ; and this feaft of the Sunday was called the challengers. The fame ceremonies . were to take place on the Monday, and the fixty knights to be prepared for tilting courteoufly with blunted lances againft all comers. The prize for the beft knight of the opponents was to be a rich crown of gold, that for the tenants of the lifts a very rich golden clafp : they were to be given to the moft gallant tilter, according to the judgment of the ladies, who would be prefent with the queen of England and the great barons, as fpe&ators. On the Tuefday, the tournaments were to be continued by fquires, againft others of the fame rank who wiflied to oppofe them. The prize for the opponents was a courfer faddled and bridled, and for the tenants of the lifts a falcon. The • manner of holding this feaft being fettled, heralds were fent to proclaim it throughout England, Scotland, 223


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