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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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as foon as this fkirmifh commenced, he armed him-feif, and, mounting a handfome fteed, ftuck fpurs into him, in order to haften to the combat ; but the horfe, taking the bit between his teeth, ran off with . him, and, in croffing a ditch, fell into it upon the knight, who was fo grievoufly bruifed that he never recovered, and in a fhort time died. Soon afterwards, the king of France fent to his fon, the duke of Normandy, to lay all other things afide, and raife the fiege, in order to return di-reétly into France, to defend his inheritance againft / the Engliih. The duke, upon this, demanded advice from the earls and barons there prefent ; for he had vowed he would never move from thence until he had the caftie, and all within it, in his power : but they aflured him, that fince the king, his father, had fo exprefsly ordered him to return, he might comply without any forfeiture of his honour. On the mor-row, at break of day, therefore, the French de-camped, and, truffing up tents and baggage with * great hafte, took the road for France. _ , The knights who were in Aiguillon, feeing this, armed themfelves, aud mounting their horfes, fal-lied forth, the pennon of fir Walter Manny taking the lead, fell upon the Frencb, who were fcarcely all marched off, cut down and flew numbers, and took upwards of forty prifoners, whom tbey brought back to the caftie. From them they learnt the fuccefsful campaign the king of England had made in France, and that at prefent he was laying fiege to Calais; * Before 176


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