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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.8

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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.8
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They armed themfelves, to the number of about two hundred, and, mounting their horfes, were conduced by guides, at night-fall, through woods, and over mountains, until they came to a moun-* tain, called in that country Efpinete, by break of day, where they halted, for they had learnt that the englifh foragers were out in that part. The foragers had been abfent from their army two days, collecting as much as they could carry, and were on their return to Corunna; but their only road lay over this mountain of Efpinete. The inftant they came there, the french knights rufhed upon them,, fhouting out^ c Les Barres for the Barrois P The foragers were thunderftruck, for the greater part were unarmed : there might be fix fcore archers, who gallantly drew themfelves up in array, and wounded, with their arrows, bêih horfes and riders. When they had expended their arrows -3 they flung down their bows, and de-fended themfelves as well as they could, with the other arms they had: fome fled and hid them-felves, in hopes of efcaping. Why fhould I make a long ftory ? Of the three hundred foragers, full two hundred were flak : the reft feved themfelves, as well as they could, among bufhes and rocks, where no horfe could venture. Thé runaways fled to Gorunna, and related their misfortune, and how fir Barrois des Barres and his company had difcomfited them; • The army was much furprifed "at this ; and fir Thomas Moreaux, the marfhal, had five hundred, or* more* inftantly armed and mounted, when, taking • '18


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