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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
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I will only rank, as one of your companions ; aid,, whether I live or die, I will hazard the adventure among you j but, as to the command* I am deter-mined not to accept it/ t . They again looked at each other, in order t& fee whom they fhould fix on for their chief. Sir Ber-trand du Guefclin was unanimoufly thought mT and confidered as the belt knight pf the whole com-pany, one who had been engaged in the greateft. number of battles, and who was the beft informed in military afiairs. It was therefore refolved they fhould cry, * Nôtre Dame Guefclin P and that the whole arrangement of that day fhould be as fir Bertrand would order it. Every thing, therefore, being, fettled, each lord, retired, to his banner or pennon. They found, that their enemies were ftill upon the hill, and had nsfc quitted their ftrong fituation (not having a defire ov thought of fo doing), which very much vexed the French, feeing that they had greatly the advantage where they were* and that the fun waa beginning, to be high, which was the more totheir difadvantage^ for it was at that feafon very hot. This delay was what the moft able and expert knights dreaded for they were as yet falling, and had not brought with them any wine or victuals worth mentioning, except fomé of the lords, who had fmall flagons of wine that were foon emptied, and none had been pro-cured or thought of in the morning, as they imagined the engagement would begin on their arrival : but this, as it appeared, was not the cafe^ The Englifh and Navarrois deceived them thus by fubtlety, and it was a late hour before they engaged. 3 When *4&


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