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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.7

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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.7
page 176



"AM iét atnd many prisoners, we fliatt be much tex^ fcd if they efcape ns : let us, therefore, form two ambufcades, for we are enow for both. Upofc this it was ordered, that le bourg d'Espaign, fir Raymond de Benach, and Enguefros de Lang, with one hundred fpears, fhould guard the paf-fage at Tournay, for the cattle and prifoners mull neceffarily croft the river; and thé lord de -Barbàfan, and Ernauton Bifcete, with the other hurtdced lancés, ihould reconnoitre, if perchance they could come up with them. * ' They feparated from each' other, and h lord de Benach, and le bourg d'Efpaign placed themselves in ambufcade at the bridge between Tournay and Malvoifin, The other divifion rode to the fpot where we now are, which is call-ed the Larre, and there the two parties met. They inftantly dismounted, and, leaving their horfes to palture, with pointed lances advanced, for a combat was unavoidable, fhouting their cries, € St. George for Lourde !' ' Our lady for Bigorre V * They charged each other, thrufting their • fpears with%all their ftfength, and, to add great-er force, urged them forward with their breafts* -The combat was very equal * and for fome time none were ftruck down, as I heard from thofe " prefent. When they had fufficiently ufed their fpears, they tïTrew them down, and with battle-axes began to deal out terrible blows on both fides. This action lafted for three hours, and it was marvellous to fee how well they fought and defended themfelves. When any were fo worfU ed


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