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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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boim cohfidér what line of conduct to purfiie. ' Hav-ing weighed every circumftancë, and not find-ing themfelves in fufficient ftrength to wait for the whole force of the king, they judged it to be more prudent for Peter du Bois, Peter lé * Nuitre and the Ghent men to return to their town, and the; Englifh to retreat towards Ber-gues and Bourbourg, which they were to gar-rifon : and if any force fhould come from Eng-land, or. if king Richard or his uncles fhould fcrofs the feà, they Mould fend them advice of it. ' Thià refolution was adopted, and they broke • up their camp. The Ghent men fet out on their return home, where they arrived. • The English retired tô Befrgues and Bourbottrg, arid entered the forts whifch they had conquered. The day that the English began their retreat, ' Thomas lord Percy, fori to the ' earl of Nor-thumberland; arrived. He came from Pruffir^ and hearing on his road that the kings of France and England were to engage in the plains of Flanders or Artois, each at' the head of his army, the knight was fo much rejoiced, and had fo great a defire to be prefent at the battle, that the journey, which at a moderate rate of travelling would have taken forty days,; he performed in fourteen, leaving his equipage • and fervants behind, and frequently changing 1 horfes.. He afterwards learnt that his baggage had arrived in lefs than twenty days in the town of Ghent. Such good will and gallantry-deferve much praife. CHAP;


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