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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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knights came fo opportunely that they réèofp noitred them at their eafe, and rode by the fidé of their battalions, which were again formed within a bôw-fhot from them. When they had confidered them on the left, they did the fame on the right, and thus carefully and fulty ex-amined them. ' The Flemings faw them plainly, but paid not any attention to them ; nor did any one quit his ratiks. The three knights were well mounted, and fo touch ufed to this bufinefs that they cared not for them. Philip faid to his captains,—€ Our enemies are near at hand: let us draw up hare in battle-array for the com-bat. I have feen flrong appearances of their intentions ; for thefe three horfemen who pafs and repafs have reconnoitred us, and are ftiB doing fo/ • Upon this, the Flemings halted on the Most d'Or, and formed in one thick and ftrbng bat-talion ; when Philip faid aloud,—' Gentlemen* when the attack begins, remember our ene-mies were defeated and broken at the battle of Bruges by our keeping in a compact body. Bfe careful not to open your ranks, but let efery man ftrengthen himfelf as much as poffible and bear his ftaff right before him. • You will inter-mix your arms, fo that no one may break you, and march ftraight forward with a good ftep? without turning to the right or left; and a* together, fo that, when the conflict begins, may throw your bombardes and fhoot with your crofs-bows in fuch manner that! our ene-mies nîay be thunderflruck with furprife/ When


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