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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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. . ifî9 " fan fo twighly treated, they wçre iipch/vexetf: the lord d'Anghien was ordered to march with four thoufand men towards Gavre, where they ex-•pefted to find John de Launoy ; but he had retreated to Ghent with his pillage and prifoners, of whoip, indeed, he had no great jiumber. ' On the morrow, he^ and RaiTe de Harzelje marched out with ten thqufand pen ; .and, though the earl was not come to Gavre, they were ^nxioqs to furround him. The fame day that Raffe de Harzelle had marched from Ghent, Peter du Bois made a fally alfo with fix thoufand men, accompanied by Arnoul lc Clerc: they burnt the fuburbs of Courçray, ^nd then retreated toward? Deynfe, in-order ço. fall in with.their townfmen j but it was too late, for, when ^Rafie de Harcelle and John de Launoy were come to Nevele, they perceived the earl with his whole , army in the plan: thus did thefe two armies find theiflfelves in fight of each other, without either of fhem fufpe^ing it in the morning. When Raffe de JIarzclle and John de Launoy faw a battle was inevitable, they were not caft down, but drew up their men in three battalions ; in each battalion were two thoufand mçn, all bold and {xardy, and the bejft foldiers in Ghent. Peter du Bois and Arnoul le Clerc had an equal number of men, who, though in die country, were ignorant of this meeting, or that their friends were about to engage. When,they left Ghent, tfyey ha4 entered into an agreement, that if cither party fhould meet the earl, they were not to fight without ttie other s for;thpy were not fepmt$Y'°f Anient - ' ftrength,


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