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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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claimed to your men, for they have not all heard you, that no one dare, on his life, think-of fly-ing ; and if there (hould be any whofe courage fails, fo that he fear to await the battle, let him ^ome forward, and he (hall have leave to depart, (for one faint heart difcourages a dozen of good men at arms) or have his head flruck off as an example to others.' The king faid it fhould be done, and two knights were ordered by him to examine the army and admonish it, and fee if any fymptoms appeared among them of fear. The knights, on their return, reported to the king, that wherever they had vifited, and they had examined all the different companies, they had found every one refolute, and determined to wait the event of the battle. ' So much the better,' faid the king. He iffued orders to the army, if any perfons were defirous of knight-hood, to.- come forward, and he would confer on them the order of knighthood, in the name pf God and St. George. From the information I had, it feems that fixty new knights were created, which pleafed the king much; and, placing them in front of the army, he faid,—' My fair firs, the order of chivalry is more exalted and noble than imagination can fuppofe; and no knight ought to fufier himfelf to be debafed by cowardice, or any villanous or dirty action but wheu his helmet is on his head he should heboid and fierce as a lion when he fees his prey^ and be-cause I wish you to shew your courage this day* here it will be needâd, I order you to the front the battalion, where you muft exert your- felves 270


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