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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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fange themfelves, but it had been better for them had they proceeded to the quarters of the con-ftable . News was brought to him of the arrival of the Englifh, whilft they were forming themfelves in the plain. He was not any way alarmed at it, but ordered his men to arm without making any delay, and to march out in a body. - When he faw them all affembled, he faid to them ; € My good gentlemen, what hearts have you for a battle ? I fancy we muft engage our enemies.' They replied c My lord, we are very willing to do fo, thanks to God/ The conftable then ordered an ambufcade to be formed, of two hundred combatants, near to the caftle : for he judged the garrifon would of courfe make a (ally. He then commanded the greater part of the palifadoes to be levelled to the ground, that there might not be * any hindrance when HE fhoiild march out, and drew up his forces in two battalions. Sir Alain de Beaumont commanded qne and fir Geoffry de Marneil F the other. It was ftri&ly forbidden for any one to advanc b-foré his banner until ordered, and he was to re-main till then quietly in his rank. ' ' -* £he Yiitorian of Brittany feys, they there intoxicated them-felves. . . . . . - f Marneil. The different editions have a variety of names for this perfon. I have followed the oldeft MS. I have, which, from its writing, feems to be of the age with FroifTart : Sut t foo»14 rather fyppofe it flight to be fir Geoff y-de Kerimcl, as he is particularly mentioned before. ; - .• . . • 210


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