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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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fight their enemies, ' if they were forced to it. They had formed themfelves in a circle on the fumrait of the eminence, fo that they might profit from thq fituation, of the place. They had not remained long before they faw the whole country below them covered over, and full of Frenchmen, who itemed to amount to upwards of thirty thoufand. When the Navarrois .perceived they had the ap-pearance of coming to attack them, they iffued out ôf the town, and drew up their army in three bat-talions : the firft of them was given to fir Robert Knolles ; the fécond tp fir Lewis de Navarre, and the third to the earl of Harcourt* Neither of theie battalions confifted of more than feven hundred fighting men; They cut their lances to five feet in length, and ordered their fervants to carry their %urs to the Hope of the hill, where they were to fix them with the rowels uppevmoft, fo that their enemies might not afcend the hill at their eafe. The lord Philip de Navarre knighted the young earl of Harcourt, who difplayed his banner, as did alfo the young lord de Granville. The French halted in fight of the Navarrois, and difmounted, for many were defi^ous to give thega Immediate combat, whilft others were againft it, faying, e Our people are fatigued ; bejfides, we have fijch puphers in the rear, that it is proper we wait for them, and take up o,ur quarters ^rhere we. arc for the retQftinfcr of tWi %. U wiU bp fligbt foon, and we can fight them to-morrow in bette* prdçr/ Vît ' ' m


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