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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.4

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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.4
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lords, look well to yourfelves ; for fir John Charr* dos has marched from Poitiers with upwards of two hundred lances, and is advancing with great hade and a greater defire to meet with you.* When fir Louis de Sancerre, fir John de Vienne, fir John de Beuil and the others who were prefent, heard this, the beft informed among them faid j ' Our men are tired and worn down by their af-faults upon the Englifh, ycflerday and to-day : it will be much wifer for us to make a handfome retreat with all we have gained, and our prifoners, than to wait the arrival of fir John Chandos and his company, who are quite frefh ; for we may lofe more than we can gain.' This plan was immediately followed, for there was not a moment to lofe : the trumpets were or-dered to found a retreat : their men aflembled in a body, and, having lent off their baggage, they themfelves took the road tô la Roche-pofay. The earl of Pembroke and thofe with him, ima* gining the French muft have had fome intelligence, faid among themfelves ; ( Chandos muft certainly be on his march, for the French are. retreating, not daring to wait his coming : come, come, let us immediately quit this place and take the road to-wards Poitiers and we fhall meet him/ Thofe who had horfes mounted them : and others went on foot, and feveral rode double. They thus left Puirenon, following the road to Poitiers : they had fcarcely advanced a league before they met fir John Chandos and his army in the condition I have before told^ fome on herfeback, fome on C * 2 foot, 19


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