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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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battle): thefe French knights have defeated your enemies: the honour arid victory of the day are theirs.' c God grant it may be fo !' re-plied the king; c,but let us advance a little.' They advanced about a bow-lhot, and halted again. It was truly a fine fight to view their appearance, fo well and handfomely were thay armed and mounted. During all this time, the French were fighting; and thofe knight and fquires who had been able to difmount per-formed many gallant deeds, for, when their lan-ces were broken, they ufed their battle axes, add with them gave fuCh defperate blows on the helmets of all who oppofed them, that wounds, if not death, were the confequences. Whoever is engaged in fuch-like combats as this at Alju-barota muft abide the event, if fafety be not fought in flight: but in flight there is more dan-ger than in the heat of the battle, for, when any one flies, a purfuit is made, and, if over* taken, he is flain; when in a battle, if the chance turn unfortunate, he furfenders, and is well taken care of as a captive; It cannot be denied but that the knights and fquires from France, Brittany, Burgundy and Béarn fought valiantly: they were operpôwered at the firil onfet, from the advice the Englifh had given to, fortify the place: befides, in this attack, the Portuguefe were fuperior in num-bers. They therefore were at their mercy, and all'iyere flain or taken, for few efcaped. At this ^ginning, they made a thoufand knights and fquires prisoners, which gave them much 280


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