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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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paid for his ranfom, which was enough to fatisfy his avarice, having fecurities for the amount of one xniHion of florins. The other French lords were equally aftonifhed with the count de Nevers at the power and ftate Tf Bajazet. He was attended by fuch numbers, that they were always encamped, for no town cçuld lodge them ; and the expçnfe muft have been very great to fopply fo many with food. It was furprifing where fuch quantities came from, not-urithftandiig the natives of warm climates are very temperate in their diet, eating but little meat, living on fpices and fugar, of which they have abundance, as well as goats' milk, the common •beverage of the Turks and Saracens, and they have plenty of bread made of millet. The fultan had at this time fevcn thoufand fal-coners, and as many huntfmen : you may fuppofe from this the grandeur of his eftablifhments. One day, in the prefence of the count de Nevers, he flew a falcon at fome eagles: the flight did not pleafe him ; and he was fo wroth, that, for this fault, he was on the point of beheading two thoufand of his fal-coners, fcolding them exceedingly for want of dili-gence in their care of his hawks, when the one hç ^was fond of had behaved fo ill. Another time, when the count de Nevers and the French barons were with the fultan, a poor -«roman came to him in tears, to demand juftice ' againft one of his ferrants, and faid,—c Sultan, I addrefs myfelf to thee, as my fovereign, and com- VOL.XI. C c • "plain 377


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