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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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The lord John of Burgundy, count of Nevcrs* was wondrous richly arrayed, as were the lord Guy de la Riviere, and many barofts and knights from Burgundy in compliment to him. Two fquires from Picardy, Williain d'Eu and the borgne de Montquel, who had difplayed their courage in many former batdes, did the* fame at Nicopoli. Thefe two fquires, by their vigorous cotirage, twice forced through the Turkifh army, and re-turned to thc;Ightt but were at length flain. To fay the truth, the whole of the French chivalry and thofe from other countries acquitted them* felves moft gallandy ; and, had they been aflifted by th H Ungarians with equal courage, thedajf would hive turned out differently. But the whole of the. mifchief was caufed by the French, and their prefumption was their mil. There was a knight from Ficardy, called fir James de Helly* who had refided^fome time in Turkey, and had ferved in arms under Amurat* father of the fultan Bajazet, of whom we are now fpeaking* and who knew a little of the Turkifh language. When he faw the day was loft, he thought of faving his life ; and as he knew the Saracens to be a covet-ous race he furrendered himfelf to them, on their granting him his life. Thus did he efcape, and alfo another fquire from the Tournaifis, called James du F*y who had formerly ferved Tamer-lane king of Tartary j but when he learnt that the French were marching to Turkey, he quitted Ta-merlane, and joined his countrymen. He was at this batde* and fayed by Tamerlane's men, who SI»


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