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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.2

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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.2
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kad a wind to their wifh: when in an afternoon, as they were near the ifland of Guernfey, they per-ceived the large fleet of the Genoefe, of which the lord Lewis was commander. " Upon this, the failors cried out, 'r Gentlemen, arm yourfeives. and make ready, for .here are the Genoefe and Spaniards bearing down upon. us/ The Englifh then founded their trumpets, fpread out their pennons to the wind, ornamented with the devices of their arms and with the banner of St. George. Every one pofted himfelf properly at his quarters, anjl filling up the intervals with archers, they advanced full fail toward the enemy. They might be about forty-fix veffels, great and fraaJl; but there were none fo large as nine of thofe under the lord Lewis, who had likewife three galleys; in each of which were the three chiefs, the lord Lewis, fir Charles Grimaldi and fir Otho Doria. The fleets approached each other, and the. Genoefe began to fhoot with their crofs-bows at random, which the Englifh archers returned. This continued fome time, and many were wounded : hut when the barons, knights and fquires were able to come to clofe combat, and could reach each otfier with their lances, then the battle raged, and they made good trial of each other's courage, Thç countefs of Montfort was equal to a man, for fhe had the heart of a lion; g^nd, with a rufty fliarp fword in her hand, fhe combated bravely. The Genoefe and Spaniards, who were in thefe large veffels, threw down upon their enemies great l?ars of iron, and annoyed them much with very Ci long , , '23


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