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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 459



EngHfh knees and bucklers very handfomely. They fought fo well that the Englifh gave way, and re-treated as they had been ordered ; which being ob-ferved, thofe of the garrifon ordered thétr ftandand to be advanced, crying out at the fame time, * By St. Anthony's head, we fhall take them/ On which they attacked them with greater fury as they were flying before them, fo that fome were unhorfed, wounded or made prifoners. But becaufe they were fo eager to gain every thing, and as the pro-verb fays, € All covet, all lofe/ they had advanced fo far from the town that when they wifhed to re-turn they could not ; for fir John Montague *, who had the command of the ambufcade, which confifted of five hundred chofen men, placed himfelf between them and the town. He was knighted on the field, by the earl of Cambridge, and dire&ly attacked "them with great vigour. When the companies of Bourdeilles faw them-fèlves thus entrapped, they were fenfible of their folly in purfuing fo far : however, they collefted themfèlves in a body like brave men, and began to fight valiantly, and to perform fuch feats of arms âs were marvellous to behold. This combat hfltii upwards of two hours : afrd they annoyed their enemies fo much, and behaved fo gallantly, that the Englifh lords were much delighted with them. Sir John Montague proved himfelf deferving of his knighthood, by his valour and prowefs in at* * Sir John Montague,—nephew and heir to the earl of SaKfkny.—BARM ES. tacking 445


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