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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 327



. • " . : . • . t . « * -i i "CHAP. CUX. , • . THE CARDINAL DE PERIGOHD ENDEAVOURS fO . #AÇE PEACE BETWEEN THE 1UNG OF Fit AN CE AND THE PRINCE OF WAIES, PREVIOUS. TO THE ffATTLE OF POITIERS, ^fHEN the battalions of the king of France were drawn up, and each lord polled under his proper banner, $nd informed bow they were to aéi, it was ordered, that all thofe who were armed with lances ihould • ihorten them to the leiigth of five feet, that they might be the more manageable, fnd that every one ihould take off his fpurs. . • As the French were on the point of marching to their enemies, the cardinal de Perigord, who half left Poitiers that morning early, came full gallop up to the king, making a low reverence, and intreated him, with juplifted hands, for the love of God, to halt a moment, that he might fpeak to him: he thus began ; € Moft dear fire, yon have here with you all the flower of knighthood of your kingdom againft a handful of people, fuch as the Englilh are, when compared to your army ; you may have them upon other terms than by a battle ; and it will be more honorable and profitable to you to gain tbem by this means than to rilk fuch a fine army, and fuch noble perfons as you have now with you. I therefore befeech you, in all humility, and by the love of God, that you will permit me to go to the prince, and remonftrate with him on the dangerous . fituation


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