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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 238



mer, and had been fent from heaven with great mystery : it is a fort of gonfanon *, and is of much comfort in the day of battle to thofe who fee it Proof was made of its virtues at this time -, for all the morning there was fo thick a ' fog that* with difficulty could they fee each other, but the moment the knight had difplayed it and raifed his lance in the air this fog in-stantly difperfed, and the iky was as clear as it had been during the whole year. The lords of France were much rejoiced when they faw this clear day, and the fun fhine, fo that they could look about them on all fides. It was a fine fight to view thefe banners, hel mets and beautiful emblazoned arms: the army kept a dead îilence, not uttering a found, but eyed the large battalion of Flemings before them, « who were marching in a compact body, with their staves advanced in the air, which looked like fpears, and, fo great were their numbers, they had the appearance of a wood. The lord d'Estonnenort told me, that he faw (as well as feveral others) when the oriflamme was difplayed, and the fog had difperfed, a white dove fly many times round the king's battalion. When it had made feveral circles, and the engagement of a red colour, and had the name of St Dionyfius on it This was never called out but on the moi urgent occaions, when the king himfelf was prefent, and to be difplayed fokly againft heretics. • . . * Gonfanon was a fquare pennon fixed to the end of a lance: fuch are now ufed in Italy : and the bearer was called Gonfanonier; or Gonfaloniere. - was 2â4


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