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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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formed a Kne of buttle, like to that *f the preceding 4ay, with their large veflbls, which were well manned and armed, and having gained the wrrid in hopes of inciofing the Englifh veflfeis, which were but few in comparifon, the before mentioned •four captains led the van in handfbme order.. • The Englifh and Poitevins, obftrving their iinè of battle, formed theirs accordingly, and, having collected themfelves together, placed their archets m front. The Spaniards, under the command of thefe captains, bore down on them full fail, and began the engagement, which vas dreadfully deadly. When they came to clofe quarters, the Spaniards flung out grappling hooks with chains of iron, which lafhed the Englifh to their veflëls^ fo "that they could not feparate, and thus, as it were, held them clofe*. With the earl of Pembroke there were twenty-two knights, who united good inclinations to tried valour, and who vigoroufly defended themfelves with *fpears, fwords and other weapons. They remained there clofely engaged, fighting def-perately, for a confiderable time ; but the Spaniards had too much the advantage, as their veflcls were larger and higher above the water than thofe of the Englifh, from which they flung down ftones, bars of iron and lead, that much annoyed their ad- * The Mémoires de du Guefclin fay, that fire iiipt wero firft ufed in this engagement by the Spaniards, and that by tbeir means thirteen of the iargeft Engîiih Mps were deilroyed. CoM, Mémoires tiijhrifues, vol. i. p. 43*. verfarics, 160


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