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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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wll%ot defcend from their ftrong pofition, unlefs by a plan which I fhall propofe to you. We will make difpofitions, as if for a retreat, not intending to_ fight this day ; (our men, indeed, are feverely affiiûed by the great heat) ; and order our fervants, baggage, horfes, &c. to crofs the bridge and river, «and retire to our quarters: we will, at the fame time keep clofe to them, watching attentively the fenemy's motions. If they really wifh to fight us, they will defcend the hill, and follow us into the plain. As foon as we fhall perceive their motions, if they a& as I think they will, we fhall be ready armed to wheel about, and thus fhall have them more to our advantage.' This propofai was ap-proved of by ail, and confidered as the beft that could have been offered. Each lord, therefore, returned to his people, under his banner or pennon. The trumpets founded as for a retreat, and every knight and fquire ordered his fervants to crofs the river with their baggage. This the greater part did, and afterward the men at arms followed, but very flowly. When fir John Jouel (who was an expert and valiant knight, and eager to engage with the French) faw the manner of their retreat, he faid to the cap* tal,c My lord, my lord, let us now defcend boldly : do you not fee how the French are running away ? 4 Ha,' replied the captai, c they are only doing fo out ©f malice, and to draw us down/ Sir John Jouel, upon this advanced forward (for he was very defirous of fighting), crying out,4 St. George !' and faid to his battalion, 4 March ; thofe L 4 ' that «5«


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