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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
page 176



* Order the Genoefe forward; and begin the bâttlèi in the name of God and St. Denis/ There were about fifteen thoufand Genoefe crofs-bowmen ; but they were quite fatigued, having marched on foot that day fix leagues, completely armed, and with their crofs^bows, They told the conftable, they were not in a fit condition to do any great things that day in battle. The earl of Alençon, hearing this, faid, ' This it what one gets by employing fuch fcoundrels, who fall off when there is any need for them/ During this time, a heavy rain fell, accompanied by thunder and a very terrible eclipfe of the fun ; and before this rain a great flight of crows hovered in the air over all thofe battalions, making a loud noife. Shortly afterwards it cleared up, and the fun ihone very bright ; but the Frenchmen had it in their faces, and the Englifh in their backs. When the Genoefe were fomewhat in order, and approached the Englifh, they fet up a loud fhout, in order to frighten them; but they remained quite ftill, and did not feem to attend to it. They then fet up a fécond fhout, and advanced a little for-ward; but the Englifh never moved. They hooted a third time, advancing with their crofs-bows pre-sented, and began to fhoot. The Englifh archers then advanced one ftep forward, and fhot their ar- rows with fuch force and quicknefs, that it feemed as if it fnowed. When the Genoefe felt thefe arrows,, which' pierced their arms, heads, and through their ar-mour, fpmQ of them cut the firings of their crois- M 2 'bows. 163


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