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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 319



and followed the army of thfe king, which was about three leagues off. They made for the open fields and the heaths, which were furrounded by woods, ra order to arrive at Poitiers. This fame Saturday, the prince decamped from a village hard by, and fent forward a detachment to feek adventures, and to hring fome intelligence of the French. They confiiled of abput fixty men, well armed and mounted for the occ&fion. Among the knights Were fir Euilace d'Ambreticourt and fir John de Guifielles. By accident, they got on the heaths furrounded by the woods above, mentioned. The Frenehjj foon faw they were enemies : they fixed on their helmets, and unfurled their banners as quickly as they were able ; when, fixing their lances in their refis, they ftuck fpurs to their horfes. The Englifh no fooner perceived thefe French-men, who were about two hundred lances, than they refolved to allow themfelves to be purfued, as the prince and his army were not far difiant : they therefore wheeled about, and made for the rutty road through the wood. The French chaced them with fhouts and a great noife, and, as they galloped on, fell in with the army of the prince, which had halted among the heaths to wait for their compa-nions. The lord Raoul de Joigny and thofe under his banner were advanced fo .far that they came right upon the banner of the prince : the engage* ment was very fharp, and fir Raoul fought well : however, he was made prifoner, as were the earl of Joigny, the vifcount de Breufe, the lord of Chau- yigny: m 4 . "


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