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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.6

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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.6
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Thofe - behind, feeing this misfortune, were thunderftruck, and knew not whither to fly to Jkre • thenfelves. Some leaped into the river, in-tending to fwim, but they were not able thus to efcape. The river was deep, and the bafyks .fo high and fteep that the horfes could not land. .Grçat Slaughter enfued; for the Flemings fell upon them and killed them eafily, and without pity. They made feveral leap into the water, . and they were drowned. . Sir John de Jumont narrowly efcaped, for the bridge, broke under him, but, by great agility of body, he Caved himfejft hé was, how-ever, badly wounded on the head and body by arrows, and it was fix wefiks before fee recover-ed. At this unfortunate action were killed, the copftables de Vuillon, dô' BouGhars, de St. Hilaire, and more drowned: fir Henry Duffle was flain. . Including drowned and killed, there were upwards of fixty *9 and very fortunate .were thofe who efcaped, Great numbers re* turned wounded from this enterprife. • % , News was carried to the lords of France at Arm, ff their countrymen having lost tho day ; ^nd that the Hafe de Flandres had con-ducted this foolifh expedition. He was pitied by (ome, but by others not. Thofe whç had. been most accustomed to arms faid, they had acted ill* to crofs a river that was not'fordable, attack a large town and enter an enemy's coun-try, and return the way they had come, with-out havipg established guards #n the bridge. . M 2 ' ' It -163


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