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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 201



On the other hand, the barons, knights and fquires, who had remained in the marfhes fo near the enemy, were far from being comfortable i fome of them were up to their ancles in mud, and others half way up their legs. But their eagernefs and joy, on gaining this pafs with fo much honour, (for very gallant deeds of arms were likely to enfue) made them forget all their pains and difficulties. If it had been in fum-mer-time, inftead of the feventh day of Novem-ber, they would have enjoyed it ; but now th# ground was cold, muddy and dirty, and the nights were long. At times alfo it rained hea-vily on their heads, but it ran off, as they had their helmets on and every thing prepared for the combat, and were only waiting for the ene-my to come and attack them. The great at-tention they paid to be in readinefs kept up their fpirits, and made them almoft forget their fituation. The lord de Saint Py full loyally acquitted himfelfin this expedition, as a fcout and obferver of what the Flemings were* doing, though he was the commander in chief. He was continu-ally on the look-out, and went privily to recon-noitre their motiohs. On his return, he faid to his companions In a low voice, c Now up : our enemies are very quiet : perhaps they will advance on us at. day-break : therefore be on your guard, and prepared to act.' He would then return again, to fee if any thing were going forward, and then come back to tell what he had obferved. This he continued to do until the hour which the Flemings had fixed upon to at- ' tack 187


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