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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.3

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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.3
page 96



de Bourbon, his fon and his nephews, with their banners, and many other refpeâable gentlemen, who rufhed on to their own deftru&ion, fo that it was a pity they had not formed better plans, or liftened to wifer counfel. The archprieft and fome other knights had truly faid, they Were going to fight with thefe companions it a difadvantage, with certain lofs, confidering the fitiiation they had chofen for themfelves. They advifed waiting until they fhould have been diflodged from the ftrong hold where they had pofted them-felves, that then they would have a better chance of fuccefs, but they were never liftened to. Thus then, when the lord James de Bourbon and the other lords, with banners and pennons flying, approached and afcended fideways this hill, the weaker and lefs completely accoutred \of the free-booters were enabled to harafs them ; for they flung upon them fo rapidly and vigorôufty ftônes and flints, that the boldeft and beft armed were in dread of them. When they had thus for fome time kept them itt check, their grand battalion, frefh and untouched, advanced by afecret road round the hill, and being in clofe order like a brufh, with their laft'ces Cut down to fix feet or thereabouts, with loud cries and a thorough good will, fell upon the French arofy. In this firft attack, very many were unhorfed, and many gallant deeds performed ; but the free-booters fought fo hardily, it was marvellous to think of it, and the French army was forced to re-treat. That good and valiant knight the archprieft 6 * fought 8i


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