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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 168



I fet out dire&ly from hence, not meaning to return; for I can neither bear arms nor fight agauift fome of the knights that are with the enemy. If any one ihould inquire after me, this is the anfwer that you will give him/ He then fet out, accompanied by a fingle fquire, re-crofled the river, and left the others to make the belt of it. They did not _ notice his abfence, as they faw his banner, and thought he waa among them, until the bufinefs was over. I will now fpeak of this battle, and how it was ftiffiy maintained. At the commence nent of the confliâ, when fir John Jouel had defcended the hill, he was followed by ail aâ clofely as they could, and even by the captai and his company, who thought they ihould have gained the day ; but it turned out otherwife. When they perceived that the French had %wheeled about in good order, they immediately found they had been deceived. However, like determined men, they were not panic-ftruck at the difcovery, but were refolved to recover it by their gallantry in the combat. They retreated a little, then affembled together, and after that they opened their ranks to give rooiri to their archers, who were in the rear, to make ufe of their bows. When the archers were advanced in front, they extended themfelves, and began to exert themfelves handfomely in {hooting j but the Frenca were fo ftrongly armed and fhieided againft their arrows, they were but little hurt by them, if at all, and for this did not fight the lefs valiantly, but inter. mixed »5+ '


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