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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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unlefs he had been prefent, that can imagine, or defcribe truly, the confufion of tha,t day; efpecially the bad management and diforder of the French, whofe troops were out of number. What I know, and lhall relate in this book, I have learnt chiefly from the Englilh, who had well obferved the con-fulion they were in, and from thofe attached to fir John of Hainault, who was always near the perfon of% the king of France. CHAP. CXXVIII. THE BATTLE OF CRECY, BETWEEN THE KINGS OF FRANCE AND OF ENGLAND. 'JpHE Englilh, who were drawn up in three divi-fiôns, and feated on the ground, on feeing their enemies advance, rofe undauntedly up, and fell into their ranks. That of the prince was the firft to do fo, whofe archers were formed in the manner of a portcullis, or harrow, and the men at arms in the rear. The earls of Northampton and Arundel, who commanded the fécond dififioo, had polled them-felves in good order on his wing, to aflift and fuc-cour the prince, if neceflary. You muft know, that thefe kings, dukes, earls, barons and lords of France, did not advance in any regular order, but one after the other, or any way moft pleafing to themfelves. As foon as the king of France came in fight of the Englilh, his blood began to boil, and he cried out to his marihals, € Order 162


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