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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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ftirrups» and 1 had fome trouble to make them . conform in this refped to the Englifh manners. CI. once made inquiry concerning their faith ; but they feemed fo much difpleafed, I was forced m to filence ; they faid they believed in God and the Trinity, without any difference from our creed. I alked which pope they were inclined to : they re-plied, without hefitation, c To that at Rome.* , c I inquired if they would like to receive the order of knighthood ? for the king would wil-lingly create them fuch, after the ufual modes of France, England, and other countries. They faid they were knights already, which ought to fatisfy them* I afked when they were made : they an-fwered, at feven years old i that in Ireland a king makes his fon a knight, and ihould the child have loft his father, then the neareft relation ; and the yoùrçg knight begins to learn to tilt with a light lance againft a fhield fixed to a poft in a field, and the more lances he breaks the mofe honour he acquires. K By this method,* added they, care our young knights trained, more efpecially king's fons.* * - * c Although I afked this, I was before well ac-quainted with the manner of educating their chil-dren to arms. I made no further reply than by faying, this kind of childifh knighthood would not fatisfy the king of England, and that he would create them in another mode. They afked, c In what manner ?' ' In church, with moft folcmn cere-monies i and I believe they paid attention to what I f*pd. _ c About m


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