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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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John d'Eicounibïuc, tic lord de Gentns, ir Join de Vilain,, fir Gerard de Marquellies and many others. Several new knights were alfo made. The young fénéfchal of Hainault had died in his bed fome time before, from the bruife he had received at Aubiez, near Mortaigne, for he had been in that affair. . » The earl formed his army in five battalions, and in each there were about five thoufand men, eager for the attack : the lord de Iieurcghicn bore that day the carl's banner. In this manner they ad-vanced on the enemy, five battalions to three ; but at the commencement only three battalions of the carl-s • army engaged, the other two were on the wings to fupport thofe who might be broken. The earl was prcfent, exhorting his men to hehave well, and to revenge themfelves on the madmen of Cheat who had given them fo much trouble : he faid to the citizens from the chief towns,—c Be allured* fhould you fly, you would more certainly be put to death than if you flood four ground; for I will have you all beheaded without mercy/ The earl pofted the men of Bruges in the firft bat-talion, thofe of the Franc in the fécond, thofe of Ypres and Coutray in the third, and thofe of Po-peringuc, CaiTcl, Bergues and Bourbourg in the fourth battalion : he had retained thofe of Oude-narde, Lille and Douay near his perfon. The armies kept advancing toward each other* Rafle de Harzelle led the firft battalion, for it was eompofed of the moft determined men of the three, and becaufo he was anxious to be the firft to begin , the SOL


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