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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 407



was extenfiye. • Javelins were thrown with fuch ' force, that whoever they ilruck, unlefs well armed, was knocked down. Many gallant deeds were done s and fir John Fernando Portelef made good ufe of his battle-axe, as did the two brothers Acofta make great havoc with theirs. * The Caftillians, on their part, behaved ad-mirably ; and their fighting and pufhing lafted upwards of three hours, without either .fide bet-ing fhaken. It was wonderful how they could re-main fo long à time under arn^s, but their anx-iety to leave the field with honour fupported them ; and I muft fay, that both nations are hardy in fight, more particularly when they feel the neceflity of it. They were fo long,and lb equally engaged, that any one who had feen" them would not have known which $de would be victor.' However, thanks to God, no banner nor pennon was damaged in our army ;. but thofe of our adverfaries be^an to give way* ' Which greatly encouraged our men, who were now. as frefli as ever, and, fhouting out 'St. George for Portugal ! broke through the ranks of. the Caftillians, and began to knock down on all fides. Such deadly ftrokes were given with battle axes and leaden mallets, that they were completely defeated. The pages feeing the dif-comfiture of their matters, took advantage of their horfes and galloped off. Of the feven cap-v tains only one efcaped, and he was indebted for it to his good page, wlio, perceiving him hard preffed, brought him a horfe, and, having mount-ed him, led him out of the battle, fo that JOU-J talle de Gaflelle that day received a moil eflen- 397


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