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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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of tie bridge : many weite killed and drowned : for great numbers leaped into the river, which was both ra id and deep, preferring the being drowned to being murdered. In this flight, there were two valiant men of Spam, knights at arms, who wore, however, the dre of monks : one was called the grand prior of St. Jago, the other the grand mafter of théord?r o Calatrava : they and their attendants threw themfeives for fafety into the town of Najara, but were fo clofely purfued by the Englifli and Gafcons, who were at theif beds, that they won the bridge with great {laughter, and • entered the town with them. They took poifeffion of a ftrong houfe which was "well built with worked ftone: but this was foon gained, the knights taken, many of their people killed, and the whole town pillaged. The Engliih and Gafcons gained confiderable riches :• they went to the lodgings of king Henry and the other Spaniih lords where the firft comers found quantities of plate and jewels j for king Henry and his army had come thither with much fplendor, and after the defeat had not ieifure to return to place in fecurity what they had left be-hind them in the morning. The defeat was very complete and dreadful, efpecially upon the banks of this river, where num-bers were Iain. Some faid, as I have heard from thofe who were there, that the river below Najara was tinged with the blood of men and horfes therç killed. This battle was fought between Najara and Navarete, in Spain, on Saturday the 3d dpy of April, in the year of our Lord 1367, CHAP.


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