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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
page 60



Surgeres, and feveral others. They were full two hundred lances, and were feeking for the French ; for they had received information that they were out on an excurfion, and were then following the traces of their horfès. They came forwards, therefore, with difplayed banners fluttering in the wind, and marching in a diforderly manner. The moment the Bretons and French few them they knew them for their enemies the barons and knights of Poitou. They therefore faid to the Eifglifh : f You fee that body of men * coming to your afliftance : we know we cannot withftand them : therefore, calling each by his name, c you are our prifoners ; but we give you your liberty, on condition that you take care to keep us com-pany; and we furrender ourfelves to you, for we have it more at heart to give ourfelves up to you than to thofe who are coming/ They anfwered, f God's will be done/ The Englifli thus obtained their liberty. The Poitevins foon arrived, with their lances in their rcfts, fhouting their war-cries -, but the Bre-tons and French, retreating on one fide, faid, * Holla ! flop my lords : • we are prifoners already. The Englifh teftified to the truth of this by add-ing, * It is fo : they belong to us.' Carnet was prifoner to fir Bertrand de C affilies and fir Louis de St. Julien to fir John Chambo : there was not one, who had not his matter/ Thefe barons and knights of Poitou were ftruck with grief when they faw their fénéfchal, fir John Chandos, lying in fo doleful a way, and not able to * ' ' fpeak 48


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