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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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were fent as far as the barriers of Bergerac ; and, on their return, they related to fir Walter Manny, that they had reconnoitred the pofition of the French, which did not appear to them any thing very for-midable. This day, the Englilh dined early ; and, during the repaft, fir Walter Manny, addreffing himfelf to the earl of Derby, faid, ' My lord, if we were good knights, and well armed, we might, this evening, partake of the wines of thefe French lords who are in garrifon in Bergerac/ The earl anfwered, ' that it fhould not be his fault if they did not.* . When their companions heard this, they faid, ( Let us h alien to arm ourfelves; for we will ride towards Bergerac/ It was no fooner faid than done: they were all armed, and mounted, in an inftant. When the earl of Derby perceived fuch willing-nefs in his men, he was exceedingly joyful, and cried out, ( In the name of God, and of St. George, let us march to our enemies/ They then rode on, with banners difplayed, dur-ing the greateft heat of the day, until they came to the barriers of Bergerac : which was not a place cafiiy to be taken, for a part of the river Dordogne furrounded it. The French lords who were in the town, feeing the Englilh coming to attack them, faid they fhould be well received, and fallied forth in battle array : they had with them a multitude of foot foldiers, and country people badly armed. The Englilh made their approaches in dole order, fo that they were plainly to be difiingqifhed by IliQ townlmen, ' E4 a&d 55


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