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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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ftrength, but, when united, they were abk to en-gage with three times their number : this they had fworn to Peter du Bois they would adhere to ; and to fay the truth, if Rafle had wiflied it, he might eafily have delayed the combat, for he had only to keep himfelf in the town of Nevele to wait for Peter du Bois, and the earl would never there have fought him : but the moment Rafle de Harzelle * faw the army of the carl, through pride and felf-fufficiency, he topk the field, facing to himfelf that he would offer battle to his enemies, and reap all the honour, without waiting for Peter du Bois or the others. He had great confidence in his men, and fuch hopes in the good fortune of Ghent that he thought he could not be defeated j and he mani-felted that day his willingnefs to engage, as I (hall prefcndy relate to you. - Greatly was the carl rejoiced when he faw Rafle de Harzelle march out of Nevele to the plain to fight. He immediately ordered his men to be drawn up in proper order : his infantry were about twenty thoufand, able men, and about fifteen hun-dred lances, knights and fquires, from Flanders, Hainault, Brabant and Artois. Among thofe from Hainault were the lord d'Anghien, marfhal of the array, and, in his company, the lord de Montigny, the baftard of Anghien, Giles de Rifcon, Hutin de Lay, the lord of Lens, fir John de Berlammont Hod fevtral more. ' From Flanders were, the lord it Guiftelles, fir Guy de Guiftelles, the lord des Cornets, the lord de HaHiic, the lord de Halutn, fir Daniel dc Haton, fir Thierry dc DHquetanc, fir John 300


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