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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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examined the army of the French, had counted their banners and pennons, and to what numbers they amounted. Sir Godfrey, however, paid but little attention to their repçrt : he faid, that fince x he, faw his enemies he would fight with them. He immediately placed his archers in the front of his men, and drew up in battle-array the Englifhmen and Navarrois. When Jotd Raoul de Reyneval perceived how be had drawn up his men, be ordered part of the French to difmount,. and to place large ihields before them to guard themfelves againft the arrows, and for none to advance without his orders. The archers of fir Godfrey began to advance, as tk -J were commanded, and to (hoot their arrows wit. b all their ftrength. The French, who were fhelt ered ' behind their. Ihields, allowed them to fhoot on, as this attack did not hurt them in the leaft. They remained fo long in their pofition without ' moving, that thefe archers had expended all their arrows ; they then caft away their bows, and bega n to fall back upon their men .at arms, who were drawn up alongfide of a hedge, fir Godfrey ia the front with his banner difplayed. The French * fben began to make ufe of their bows, and to pick u| * arrows every where, for there were plenty of them lying about, which they employed againft the En§ ^i*h and men of Navarre. The men at arms alt 0 made a vigorous charge ; and the combat was vt %fJ ftarP and fevere, when they were come hand to hand* tut the infantrJ of -fif Godfrey 363


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