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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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who were there from France, acquitted themfelves mërt valiantly : * truly, had the Spaniards as well performed' their parts, the Englifh and Gafcons would have fuffifred rfiore than they did, Thofe wl\d Were near king Henry did their duty like men ; for -he had before entreated of them to behave courageoufly. He himfelf fet the example, and performed fuch valorous aâs as gave courage to all around him. He advanced before thofe who were beginning to give way and fly, calling to them ; * My lords, I am your king. You have placed me upon the -throne of Caftille, and have fworn that you would die fponer than forfake me. For the love of God preferve your oaths facred which you have fworn to me, and behave yourfelves hand-fcmely in my caufe. I will acquit myfelf towards you, for I will not fly one ftep as long as I (hall fee you combating by my fide/ • By thefe words, or others of a fimilar tendency, did king Henry thrice bring back his men to the combat. He himfelf behaved fo valiantly, that he ought to be much honoured and refpeôed. This battle was fought with great perils : many were flain, wounded and put to flight. * ' The Spanifh commonalty made ufe of flings, to which they were ^ccuftomed, and from which they thrtw large ftones which at firft much annoyed the Englifh : but when their firft £aft was over, and they felt the fharpnefs of the Englifh arrows, they keptjip longer any order,. • King Henry had in his battalion a large number of good men at arms, is well from Spain as from Lifbon, 3io


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