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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.5

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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.5
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* The French garrifons in the counties of Bott* •logne, Artois and Guines, having obferved-thc difpofirions of the Englifh, that they continued their march without Hopping at any place, mu* tually informed each other of their intentions to follow them, fince much might be gained by it : they therefore affemblcd, under the pennons of the lord de Franfures and the lord de Saimpi, to the number of more than two hundred lances. They purfued the Englifh army » but, though they kept clofe to them, the Englifh marched in fuch compaét order, they were not put into the leaftdiforder, and their enemies could not attach them, without the rifk of fuffering a total defeat. Thefe French knights andfquircs, however, at times fell upon the Englifh foragers, fo that they dared not forage but in large companies. The Englifh pafTed Tcrouenne without attempt-ing any thing, for the lords de Saimpi and de Franfures were within it. They marched on to-wards Bethune, where they halted for a day ; and I will tell you the reafon. You have before heard how king Richard, by the advice of his uncles and council, had fent into Germany fir Simon Burley, to the emperor*, to demand his fifter in marriage. This knight fo well managed the bufinefs that -the empefor, by advice of his council and the great lords of his court, complied with the rcqueft but he had fent, with fir Simon Burley, the duke of Saxony, firft to Luxembourg and then to England, * Winceflaus YJ. emperor. to 188


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