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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.11

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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.11
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fiflta » Hi fiait, would iiot difcovet himfclfc T&é duchefs faid, * You fliaU not efcape thus* for 1 will know your name.' . ... : 'At this moment, a moft unfortunate accident befel the others, through, the youthful gaiety of the duke of Orleans, who, if he had forefcen the mifchief he was about to caufe, it is to he pre-fumed would not, for any consideration, have fo àéted. He was very inquifitive in examining them, to find out who they were ; andy as the five were dancing, he took one of the t»rchetf from his fervants, and, holding it too near their cfref€% fet them on fire. ' Flax, you know, is infttntly m a blaze, and die pitch, with which the cloth had been covered to fatten the flax, added to the impoffibility of extinguifhing it. They were like7 wife chained together, and their cries were dread-ful ; for, die fire was fo ftrong, fcarcely any dared approach.. Some knights indeed did their utmoft to drfengage them, but thé pitch burnt their hands very fevçiely ; and they fullered a laog time afterwards from it- ' • . . One of the five, Nantouillet, recollcôed' that the buttery was near, broke the chain, and, flying thither, flung himfelf into a • large tub of water which was there, for. wafhing dilhes and plates. This cfaved him, or he would have been burnt m death like the others ; bqt he mas withal fome timç yery ill. When the queen heard the dmfe of fhe cries, ihe was alarmed left the king fhottf^ be hmrt, for he had told her he would be one of the -|% and: m her fright fainted and fell -down : : far


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