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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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b*d .(Jr^rtd crrry thing valuable to be carried îttfe ' tht towns audi ftrong places, which were lb well garrifoned that the Englifh could not gain ipf #ting by attacking them, nor indeed had they ftfty thoughts of fo doing, but were only anxious that the French would meet, them in battle in the plain. : The king, however, had forbidden this very.fttiftly in his daily seders. He had them fdtowod by the reft of Ms Jcqvalry fa clofe on their tear, as to intimidate thtm from quitting the main army. The French took up thçir quarters every evening, in fortified towns, and in the day-tinai purfijcé the Englifh, who kept themfelves in a çompaâ body* • It happened that -dne morning a party of Eng-Hh to the.number of ûx fcore lances, who were over-running tbé-country-beyond Soillbns, ft! into an ambufcade of Burguadiaits and French. St was commanded: by iir John de Vienne, fir John de Bueil, fir William des Bourdes, fir Hugh de Por-cien, fir John de Coucy, the vtfbount de Meaux, the lords de Rayneval ,ind de la Boue, • with ft* veral more knights and fquires, amounting in the whole to full three hundred knees. They had followed the Englifh, and this night they had encamped • in the fields of the Soiflbnnois, where they had placed an ambufcade in a final! coppice. The Englifb came in the morning to plunder a vîilge. behind, which ,thdr army was quartered. When they had paffed the ambufh, the French failed forth with banners and pennons difplaycd. • The Englifh, feeing fuch a large body fo. near ' •'• • them, MS


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