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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 177



%â ôr ôût of breath, that they could not lon-ger fupport the fight, they feated themfelves Hear a large ditch full of water in the middle of the plain, when having taken off their helmets, they refrefhed themfelves : this done, they re-placed their helmets and returned to the combat. 1 do not believe there ever was fo well fought or fo fevtre a battle, as this of Marteras in Bigorre, fince the famous combat of thirty Englifh againft thirty French knights in Britany.* * They fought hand to hand, and Ernauton de Sainte Colombe, an excellent man at arms* was on the point of being killed Ty a fquire of the country called Guillonet de Salenges, who had pu (lied him fo hard that he was quite out of breath, when I will tell you what happened : Ernauton de Sainte Colombe had a fervant who was a fpectator of ihe battle, neither attacking nor attacked by any one; but, feeing his maf-ter thus diftrefled, he ran to him, and, wrefting the battle-axe from his hands, faid,/ Ernauton, go and sit down : recover yourfelf : you cannot longer continue the battle.' c With this battle-axe he advanced upon the fquire, and gave him fuch a blow on the helmet as made him ftagger and almoft fall down. Guil-lonet, fmarting from the blow, was very wroth, and made for the fervant to ftrike him with his * This celebrated combat took place between thirty Eng-lifh under the command of Bembro (who feems inconfider-ately to have engaged in it) and thirty French under Beau-manoir, at the oak half way between Ploërmel and JoTelia in the year Ï351.—See note in the* fécond volume, page 237 M 4 axe m


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