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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 164



This intelligence much inclined the French tq iftack the Nayarrois at all events : they were made ready for it two or three different times : but the * tyifer advice got the better. Thofe lords faid, c Let us wait a little longer,. and fee what they will do ; for they are fo proud and prefumptuous that they are as eager to fight us as we are to meet them/ Many of them were very ill and faint, from the great heat, as it was now about noon : they had failed all the morning, and had been under arms : they were therefore much heated by the fun, which affe&ed them doubly through their armour. They faid, therefore, f If we attempt to fight them by" afcending the hill in our prefent ftate, we fhall moft certainly be beaten ;. but if we retreat to our quar-ters, through the neceffity of the cafe, by to-morrow jnoining we fhall form a better plan/ Thus hac| they different opinions on what was to be done. When the knights of France (to whofe honor the command of this army was ihtrufted) faw the Englifh and Navarrois were not inclined to quit their ftrong hold, and that it was now mid-day ; having heard the information which the French prifoners who had vifited their army had given, and having confidered that the greater part of their men were exceedingly hurt and faint, through the heat ; they met together, by the advice of fir Bertrand du Guefclin, whofe orders they obeyed, and held another council. 1 My lords,' faid he, 1 we perceive that our ene-mies are very eager to fight us, and hâve a great wifh for it j but, however violent that may be, they will »5«


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