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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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sot the combat, and té gain-honour If it were poffiblei he attacked that of Bruges, which the lord dc? Guiftelles and his brothers commanded. Their was great pufhing and fighting at the commence-ment. In another part, the other battalions en-gaged, when many were beat down at the onfet* The Ghent men behaVed very galiandy, but the army of the earl was too numerous for them. The battle was iharp, and lafted fome time, fo that it was long before it was fden which had the advantage. All the battalions were intermixed and on one fide they fhouted out, f Flanders for the Lion V to cheer their men : on the other, they cried as loudly, c Ghent, Ghent !' There was a moment when the earl was in danger of lofing all * and, if he had then given way, they would all have been (lain and defeated beyond a remedy: for Peter du Bois, with full fix thoufand men, was in the plain, and clearly faw the combat, but he could not give any afliftance to his townfmen fdr the extenfive marfhes which were between him and the armies : but, had the earl loft the day, or his men fled through panic, he " knew well that Peter du Bois would have fallen upon them, and none would have efcaped death, not even himfeif j which would have been fuch a lofs as Flanders never would have recovered. Rafle de frjarzelle and John de Launoy had not long the advantage in this combat, for the earl had a number of valiant knights, beffides the men from Ypres, Courtray, Oudenarde, Damme, Sluys, the Franc and Bruges, who, when aflembled together, amounted


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