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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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•nus to advance nrMi their laaets before themla clofe older. The armies met, and blows wità Ipca» and bttdc-axcs begin to fly about on all fides. The batde was hardly fought, 'mi one might there hive ften men at arms make trial of their prowefs. Sir William des Bourdes was completely maed^ and, with his batdc-axe in his hand, gave fbch blows to the right and left, that on whoinfocver they fell that perfon was fbuck to the ground. He performed valorous deeds, worthy of being praifcd for ever after s and it was not his fault the ÈnglÉl Were not difcomfitcd. . In another part of the field, fir JdTin Harjcftone, governor of Cherbourg, fought well and valiantly with his battle-axe, one foot advanced before the other ; and Well it needed him, for he had to do with, an obftinate body of hardy men. Several gallant deeds were performed this day* many a man flak and wounded. Sir John Harîeftofté was ftruck down and in ' great peril of his life ; but by force of arms he was refcued. • The battle laied long, and was excellendy kept up, as* well on One fide as on the other. The Englifh had not any advantage, for they had as many killed and wound* id as the French ; but at laft the Englifh conti-nued the combat fo manfully, and with fuch cou-rage, that they gained the field : the French Were all either (lain or made prifoncrs : few men of ho-nour faved themfelves, for they had entered into thé engagement with fo much good heart that they ibuld not prevail on themfelves to fly, but were de~ termined to die or to conquer their enemies* Sir SI»


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