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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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year of grace 1372, when the earl of Pembroke and his fleet expe&ed to enter the port of la Ro-chelle, they found that the Spaniards had blocked up the entrance by lying before its mouth, and were ready prepared to receive them. When the Englifh and Poitevins faw the Spaniards thus pofted, and that an engagement muft happen, they encouraged each other, though they were not near an equal match, either in regard . to the number of veftcls or men, and made preparations for $n immediate combat, polling their archers on the bows of the fhips. The Spaniards were well equipped with menât arms and foot foldiers, who had croft-bows and «muons : many had alfo large bars of iron, and ftaves loaded with lead, to make their attacks with. They advanced with fhoutings and a great noiie. Thefe large fhips of Spain made faflt to gain the wind, fo that they might bring their towers to bear on the "Englifh, who little fufpe&ed their intent, and lefs feared them. Thus did they bear down on them full fail'. At this commence-ment, great were the fhouts and cries on both fides. The Englifh behaved gallantly,, and the. earl of Pembroke, his knights and fquires, a&ed Worthy of their honour. The engagement was very fevere* and the "Eagliii hpid enough to do for the Spaniards who were in large vcfiela had greftt bars of kon aa# huge ftones, which they launched and ftung from their fhips in order to fink thofe of the Engfifh* by which they wounded defperatcly both faUor* and men at arms. The m


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