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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
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four hundred good lances. They placeda strong ambufcade, of two hundred fpears, in a wood near to the town. c We fet out at fun-fet from la Charité, and rode on bri&ly, in good order, until we came to Prully, where we had collected a number of boats, to pafs us and our horfes over the river. We croffed the Loire, as we had intended, and were all over about midnight : our horfes croffed, alfo, without accident ; but, as day» break was near, we ordered a hundred of our men to remain behind, to guard the horfes an4 boats ; and the reft advanced with a good pace, parting by the ambufcade, which took no notice of us. m When we had gone about a quarter of 3, league, they fallied forth upon ihofe at the river fide, whom they inftantly conquered, for all were flainor made prifoners 5 the horfes were captured, and the paffage of the river fecured, when, mount-ing our horfes, they ftuck fpurs into them, and arrived at the town as foon as we did. They ftiouted on all fides, € Our lady for Sancerre }' for the count himfelf was in the town with his men, and fir Louis and fir Robert had formed tint ambufcade. We were thus completely furr rounded, and knew not which way to turn our-felves : the (hock of lances was great ; for thofe on horfeback inftantly difinounted on their arri-val* and attacked us fiercely ; but what hurt us -the moft was the impofiibility of extending our front, for we were inclofed in a narrow road, with hedges


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