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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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Ponthieu, and from thence came to Crqtoy*, where this ford was : he had colleâed, in his march, great pumbers. of the country people.. The to wnfmenpf Abbeville had alio accompanied him, excellently well appointed : they had arrived at the paflage be* fore the Englilh. There were, in all, fully twelve thoufand ipen: among them were two thoufand who had jackets, refembiing waggoner's flocks* c^l^ed torviquiaux. . * * • ^ On the arrival of the Englilh army, fir Godémar du Fay drew up his men on the banks of the rivejr, to defend and guard the ford. The king of England, however, did not for this give up his intention of crofting ; but, as foon as the tide was fufficiently. gone out, he ordered his marflials to dafli into thp water, in the n^mes of God and St. George. The moft doughty and the beft mounted leaped in firft; and, in the river, fhp engagement began : many on both fides were un-borfed into the water : there were fome knights and fquires, from Artois and Picardy,. in the pay of fif Godémar, who, in hopes of preferment, and to ac-quire honor, had polled themfelves at this ford, *nd they appeared to be equally fond of tilting in the water as upon dry land. • The French were drawn up in battle array, near the narrow pais leading to the ford ; and the Eng-lilh were much annoyed by them as they came out of the water to gain the land ; for there were among * A town in Pkartfy, at this mouth of the Somme, oppofite Co St. Valéry. \ 3* ' . then!


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