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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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ft iendr and brethren at arms this day : therefore, as I am blind*, I requeft of you to lead me fo fair into the engagement that I may ftrike one ftroke with my fword.* The knights replied, they would direétly lead him forward ;' and, in order that they might not lofe him in the crowd, they fattened all the reins of their horfes together, and put the king at their head, that he might'gratify his wilh, and advanced towards the enemy. The lord Charles of Bohemia, who already figned Ms name as king of Germany, and bore the arms, had come in good order to the engagement ; but when he pereeived that it was likely to turn out againft the French, he departed, and I do not well know what road he took. • The king, his father,, had rode in among the enemy, and made good uie of his fword ; for he and his companions had fought moft gallantly. They had advanced fo far that they were all flain ; and on the morrow they were found on the ground, with their horfes all tied together. T|ie earl of Alençon advanced in regular order upon the Englilh, to fight with them ; as did the earl of Flanders, in another part. ' Thefe two lords, with their detachments, coaling, as it were, the archers, came to the prince's battalion, where they fought valiantly for a length of time. The king of France was eager to march to the place where he * His blindneft was fuppofed to be caufed by poifon, wkich was given to him when engaged in the wars of lldXy.—BoÀamy. Mem. de V Académie, vol. xxiii. • • M 3 . % .faw


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