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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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will get as near to him as they can : I therefore think you Ihould follow this road/ Arnoul le Clerc difputed, but John Boule infilled upon it, and made them follow his road. When they had advanced about two leagues, and were almoft tired, they fell into the midft of theft two ambufcades, which when they perceived, they cried opt, f We are betrayed !* No people ever* made fo poor a defence as thefe did : they faved themfelves as faft as they could, fome returning to Ypres, others flying over the fields, without any fort of order. ^ The earl's army had furrounded a great number, whom they flew without mercy: however, John Boule and Arnoul le Clerc faved themfelves. The runaways who made for Courtray met their allies, who had fet out from Rouflèlaer, and were march-ing towards Rofebecque. When Peter du Bois and the other officers faw them in fuch a ft ate, they de-manded the reafon of it, and what had happened i they replied, f they could not tell ; they had not had time to fee what was the matter s but that they were flying, having been betrayed, and that the whole plain was covered with them/ Peter du Bois was doubtful, whether to march back to cover the runaways, and to combat thofe who were thus chacing them, or to retreat with them to Courtray. All things confidered, he was advifed this time to retreat, as being the moft ad-vantageous : he therefore began his return in re-gular order, without quitting the road, and the fame day came back to Courtray. The runaways v took 288


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