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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
page 192



Thofe on the bank, by means of the cord drew the boat back. The count de Converfant, lord d'Anghien, embarked with his banner, with the lord de Vertain his brother, and feven others. Thefe nine then paffed, and the third time others followed them. • The two other boats now arrived that belong-ed to fir Herbaut de Belleperche/ fir John de Roye and the Bretons, which were launched in the fame manner the firft had been. Thefe knights then crofled, and none but determined tnen at arms did the fame. It was a pleafure to fee with what eagernefs they embarked : at times, a great crowd was pufhing who fhould crofs firft, fo that if the marfhal of France had not been there, who kept them in proper order, accident* would have happened from their overloading the boats. • • News. was brought to the conftable and the lords of France at the bridge of Commines, ho\* their people were crofting the river, when he faid to the fénéfclialdeRieux, 'Go and examine this paflage, I beg of you, and fee if our people be passing as they tell us/ The lord de Rieux was never happier than when he had this com* mission, and, clapping fpurs to his horfe, liafi ened thither with his whole company, to thai amount of full forty men at arms. When he arrived at the paflage where one h1»1* dred and fifty of his countrymen had already crofled, he immediately difmounted, and faid he would alfo pafs the river The marfhal of France • would • 17*


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