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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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• . 197 When night came, and thefe lords thought of repofing themfelves after their march, they heard the cry, 'To arms!" They thought certainly they fliould have^a battle, and that the Flemings from Ypres, Caflfel, Bergués, and their dependencies were collected and on their march to attack ' them; The lords armed themfelves, put on their helmets, difplayed their banners before their lodgings; and,having lighted torches, each lord advanced to the caufeway under his banner or pennon : as their men came, they drew up and arranged themfelves under their proper banners; and thus they remained, half way up their legs in mud,/àimoftthe whole night. You may ima-gine ifi thefe lords had the beft of it, fuch as the count de Blois and the others, who had not been apcufiomed to fuflfer fuch cold and comfortlefs nights as thefe a month before Chriftmas ; but, when their honour was & ftakej they minded it not* for they thought they fliould be attacked every moment : however, it was not fo, for this wits a falfe alarm caufed by a fcuffle among the variets. Their lords* however, fuffered for it, which they bore as well as they could. On Thurfday morning, the rear-guard diflodg-ed from Commines, and marched in good order towards: their main army, which was encamped on the hill ofYpres, the van-guard, the battalion jpf th*king and all* The principal commanders held a council, to confider whether they'ftiould march to Ypres, Courtray, or Bruges. Whilft they remained there, the French foragers over-ran, the country, where they found a marvellous quantity


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