I was a hetman among the Free Companions before I rode southward.
"The free companions are to be disbanded," I said, recovering myself with a gulp.
Free companions and Gascons made up this portion of the army to the number of ten thousand men.
I was one of those dissolute rogues, the Free Companions, who burned and looted along the borders.
I wished to elevate their souls, to cultivate their minds, and in short, to make them my free companions and no longer my helots.
Thus were formed local bands of free companions who pillaged the civilian population.
But the secret counsel of the Governor to his sons, contemplated no such ransom as the free companions desired.
Greatly, indeed, were our free companions delighted with their- 188 - successes.
We abide no such creatures in the ranks of the free companions; we drown them like kittens before we hoist the Jolly Roger.
He shook off his feet the dust of Cadiz, and boldly went into the country to find a band of free companions.