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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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and the archers began to Ihoot thickly. When the foot foldiers felt the points of the arrows, and faw the banners and pennons glittering in the air, which they had not been accuftomed to fee, they fell back upon their own men at arms: the archers continued to fhoot with great quicknefs, doing much mifchief to them. The lords of England then advanced, mounted on their excellent courfers, with lances in their refis, and, dafliing into the midft of this infantry, drove them down at pleafure, and killed and wounded the French men at arms in abundance ; for they could not in any way exert themfelves, as thefe runaways had blocked up the road. There was a fevere engagement, and many were killed and unhorfed : for the Englilh archers, being polled on each fide of the road, fhot fo well toge-ther, that no one dared to venture upon it. Thus were thofe of Bergerac driven back again to the fuburbs, but with fo much lofs, that the firft bridge and bars were taken by florin, and the Englilh entered with them. , Upon the pavement, were many knights and fquires flain and wounded, and many prifoners made, of thole who came forward to defend the paffage. The lord of Mirepoix wask flain, under the banner of fir Walter Manny, who was the firft that entered thefe fuburbs. When the count de Lille faw that the Englilh had got pofleflion of the fuburbs, and were knock-ing down and killing his people without mercy, he and the other lords of Gafcony made a handfome retreat towards the town, and palled the bridge with 56


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