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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 163



When the Trench lords perceived' their fituation, they aflembled in council, to know what would be the bell for them to do, and whether they fhould march to attack them or not. In this council, all were not of the fame opinion. Some wifhed to fight, whatever might be the confequences ; for, they faid, it would be fhameful for them to make any diffi-culties about it. But others, better advifed, faid, that if they fhould begin the combat, fituated as they were fo much to their difadvantage, they would he in the greateft danger, and out of five men they fhould certainly lofe three. In fhort, they could not agree to fight in their prefent pofition. During this time, the Navarrois few them very plainly, and how they were formed: they faid to each other, * Look at them : they wilji very foon come to us, for they have a good will fo to do.* There were among them fome knights and fquires of Normandy, that had been made prifoners by the Englifh and Navarrois, who had been al-lowed perfeâ liberty to go and ride about wherever they pleafed, upon the faith of their word of honor, provided they did not bear arms in favor of the French. They rode towards the French army, and, in converfation, faid to the French lords ; * My lords, confider what you are about ; for, fhould this day pafs without an engagement, your enemies will to-morrow receive a very large reinforcement ; as it is reported among them, that the lord Louis de Navarre is on his road to join them with at leaft four hundred lances.* » ' • This M9


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