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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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aïs tomt of Ypres, that the men at arms fhould follow the king into the field, and poft them-felres according to the inftructions they had re-ceived. Every one obeyed this order, and no man at arms, or even lufty varlet, remained in Ypres, except thofe appointed to guard the horfes, which had been conducted to Ypres when their lords difmounted. However, the van-guard had many with them for the ufe of their light troops, and to reconnoitre the bat-talions of the enemy ; for to them they 'were of more fervice than to the others. The French on this Wednefday remained in the plain pretty near to Rofebecque, where the lords and captains were bufy in arranging their plans. In the evening the king gave a fupper to his three uncles, the conftable of France, the lord de Coucy, and to fome other foreign lords from Brabant, Hainault, Holland, Zea-land, Germany, Lorraine and Savoy, who had come thither to ferve him. He, as well as his uncles, thanked them' much for the good fer-vices they had done and were willing to do for them. The earl of Flanders this evening com* manded the guard of the king's battalion, and bad under him fix hundred lances, and twelve hundred other men. After the fupper which the king had given on the Wednefday to thefe lords, and when they had retired, the conftable of France re-mained to con verfe with the king and his un* cles. It had been arranged in the council with the king, that the conftable, fir Oliver de Clif-fen, ftiould refign his conftabiefliip for the mor-row


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