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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 261



F ' We will now fpeak of the king of England, who was there incognito, under fir Walter Manny's-banner. Hé advanced with his men on foot, to meet the enemy, who were formed in clofe Qrder with their pikes, ihortened to five feet, planted out before them. The firft attack was very (harp and ' fevere. The king iingled out fir Euftace de Ri-beaumont, who was a ftrong and hardy knight: he fought a long time iriarveiloufly well with the king; fo that it was a pleafure to ' fee them ; but, by thé eonfufion of the engagement, they were feparated ; for two large bodies met, where they were fighting, and forced them tô break off their combat. On the fide of the French, there was excellent fighting by fir. Geoffry de Chargny, fir John de Landas, fir Heftor and fir Gavin Ballieul, and others ; but they were all furpaflpd by fir Euftace de Ribeaumont, who that day ftruck the king twice down on his knees : at laft, however, he was obliged to furrender his fworé to the king, faying, * Sir * knight, I furrender myfelf your prifoner, for the honour of the day muft fall to the Englifli.^ All that belonged to fir Geoffry de Chargny were either ilain or captured :. among the firft were fir Henry du Bois, anil fir Pepin de Werre : fir Geoffry and " the reft were taken prifoners. The laft that was taken, and who in that day had excelled all, was fir Euftace de Ribeaumont. This biifinefs was finilhed under the walls of Calais, the laft day of December, towards morning, in the year of grace 1348. CHAP.


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