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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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tadk them. It was on the point of day Wlïeç they began their march in clofe order, withouf tittering a word. The lord devint Py, who was on the wat^Vw bonier fàw diis manœuvre than he fourfdthéy were in ëarnefty and haften-ing to his ^mpanions, Kid to them, •* Now, mf lords, be ' iieft, %e" have b;pt to do out^tmdÔ; for ^ur enemy 4s on bis march, ahd wiU be m-ftpfftly^iefe-. ' l^efe barorw of new date areadi fainting* fldwly, and think to catch and furprift; i#! fliéir ybiirfelves true men at arms, jbfwè fttâlhatepa battle/'1 ;/ , : ' . "'As the lord de Saint Fy uttered théfé words, the*knights and fquires, with great courage, feifeed their long Bourdeaux fpears, and having grafted ' them with a hearty will, placed them-felves in as good order âs any knights or fquires Could devife. ' - f • When the lords who'had crofled the river, and, as I have before faid, found themfelves obliged* to halt in the marfhes, faw that the Flemings waited their opportunity to attack them,they faid among themfelves, f Since we are not in ftrfficient forée to begin the combat, when the Flemings advance upon us they will not know;\vhat num-bers we are: let us each fetup one cry, or that of the lord to whom we may belong whether he be prefent or not ; and, by thus fliouting loudly, ^ we fhall fo much alarm them that they may be^ defeated. In addition to this, we will receive • them on the points of our fpeàrs. In this manner cEd it faH out :'for, when the Flemings advanced tô the combat, the knights and fquires began to utter their war erfcsi mfomuchthat the conftable and 188


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