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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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mm drawn up here in order of battle : and let a good detachment be fent towards the bridge of Nieullet ; for I have heard that there is polled a large body of French, on horfeback and on foot/ Six banners and three hundred archers left his army, and made for the bridge of Nieullet, where they found the lord Moreau de Fiennes, and the lord of Crequi, who guarded it. There was alfo polled between the bridge and Calais, the crofs-bowmèn from St. Omer and Aire, who had that day (harp work : more than fix hundred were fl^in or drowned ; for they were immediately difcom-fited, and purfued to the riyer: it was then fcarcely day-break. ' • The knights of Picardy maintained this poll fome time; and many gallant aëiions were performed; but the Englilh kept increafing from the town* when, on the contrary, the French fell of£ fo that when they found they could not longer keep the bridge^ thofe that had horfes mounted them, and betook themfelves to flight The Englilh imme-diately purfiied them, and many were overthrown : but thofe that were well mounted efcaped ; among them were the lords de Fiennes, de Crequi,. de • Sempy,. de Lonchinleich, and the lord of Namur. Many were taken through their own hardinds,who might otherwife have faved themfelves. When it was broad day-light, that each could fee the other, * fome Jknights and fquires eolleéied themfelves to-gether, and vigoroufly attacked the Englilh, inff* much that feveral of the. French made good pri-foners, that brought them much profit. • R3 . We


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