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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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talions tnuft advance quickly on foot, attack men at arms hand to hand, and combat them valiantly,. This is the beft advice that I can give you; "and* if any one know a better, let him fay it/ The king replied ; * Thus ffiatl it be then ; and, in company with his two marfhals, he rode from battalion to battalion* and felcfted, in conformity to their opinions, three hundred knights and fquircs of the greateft repute in his army, each well armed and mouhted on the beft of horfes. Soon after, the battalion of the Germans was formed, who were to remain on horftback to affift the marfhals : they were commanded by the carls of galtzburg, Neydo. and Naflau. King John was armed in royal armour, and nine-teen others like him*. He had given his eldeft fou in charge to the lord of St Venant, the lord of Landai, and the lord Theobald de Bodenay. The " lord • Geoffry de Chtfrgny • carried the banner of France, as being the moft valiant and prudent knight of the army. The lord Reginald de Que- m This cuflom of arming avérai in like manner to tlie com-mander of an army, ieems to have been ufual, and was carried down to our Richard JH.'s time. ShakeQeare makes Ricbarc| fay, in the fourth icenç of the laft aft; « I think, there tyc fm Kichmomls in the field : Five have I flak to-day, infiead of him/ ' Alio in the firft part, kenry IV. Douglas fays ; « Another king ! they grow like hydras' heads ; I a in the Douglas, fatal to all thofe That wear thefe colours oi\ them.——What art thou, That çouoierfcit'ft theperfou of a king?' ; pollfc. 3!§


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