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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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he could not remain filent, but faid ; ' As God is my help, it appears to me that all'the flower and honor of chivalry is there, moft wifely and expertly drawn up/ He then added aloud to thofe knights who were within hearing ; * Gentlemen, ' it is time that we form our line of battle ; for the enemy have fet us the example.* Thofe who . heard him replied ; * Sir, you fay truly ; and, as yôo are our commander, you will form us according to your wilh ; for there is none higher than yourfelf to look to, and you know much better than any one how to order fuch things.' Sir John Chandos formed three battalions and a rear-guard. He placed over the firft, fir Robert Knolles, fir Walter Huet and fir Rich* ard Hurley*. The fécond battalion was under the command of fir Olivier de Cliflbnf, fir Euftace d'Ambreticourt and fir Matthew Gournay.— The earl of Montfort had the third, which was to remain near his perfon. There were in each bat-talion five hundred men at arms, and four hundred archers. When he came to the rear-guard, he called fir Hugh Caverly to him, and • faid : 4 Sir Hugh, you will take the command of the rear- * Sir Richard Burley — was nephew of fir Simon Burley, knight of the Garter, who was beheaded early in Richard IPs reign. — Gougb't Sep. Mon. Vol. I. p. 150. f Sir Olivier de ClifTon. Dom Morice, in his Hiftoire de la Bretagne, fays 'that this Olivier de CliiTon was not the nephew of Walter de CliiTon, who was killed, 1341, .at the ficgc of Chateauceau, but feems to have been the ' veritable ieigneur de Ciiffoa/*-¥oL i. p. 148. N 3 guard i8i


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