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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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* Àh, fir James»* Mâ &ey, f you are Well ao quainted with us all : you fee how fortune hàs turned againft us, and what great dangcrjwe ire in when we. depend on the mercy of this fultan. If it may any how fave our lives, tell him we are of even greater rank than we have faid, and able to pay him large fums for our ranfoms/ \My lords/ replied fir James, c this I will moft cheer-fully do, for if. is my duty/ The knight then returned to Bajazet, and faid, *. thofe lords who are prifoncrs, and with whom he had been talking, are of the nobleft blood in France, nearly related, to the king, and willing to pay for their liberty a great fum of money/ This anfwer was very agreeable to the fultan, who would not liften to more, but faid, c Let thole alone be fpared, and all the other "prifoftcrs put to death, to free the country from them, and that others may take example from their fate/, The fultan now made his appearance to his people before the tent, who, bowing down, made him their obeifance. The army was drawn up in two wings on each fide -, the fultan with his no«-bles, the count de Nevers and thofe who werfc to be fpared, were in the center i for he would they (hould witnels the execution of their com-panions, which the Saracens were eager to per-form. Many excellent knights and fquires df France and other nations, who had been taken in battle or in the purfuit, were now brought forth in their fhirts, one after another, before Bajazet, who eyeing them a little, they were led on i and* as


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