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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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their attacks, the 'conftable, the marihal and the admiral, ordered their trumpets to found for the af« fault. The army then armed itfelf, and affembled on the plain, when it was formed in four divifionSt to make as many different attacks. They marched flowly and in handfome array, with trumpets found* ing before them, as far as the ditches, and halted. There was not any water in them ; but there was a ftrong palifade in front of the walls, and fo many thorns and brambles, that no man at arms could pafs through. The attack,however, commenced at four places { and men at arms and lufty varlets • croffed the ditches with hatchets on their wrifts, with which they cleared away the thorns, to the utmoft of their power. _ The Galicians annoyed them with lancing darts j and, had they not been well fhielded, num-bers muft have been killed or wounded ; but thofe men at arms, who entered the ditch, were defended by their fervants, bearing fhields before them. . The englifh archers made fuch good ufe of their bows, from the top of the ditch, that fcarcely any dared to appear on the bulwarks. The duke of Lancafter came to view the attack, mounted on a very tall horfe, which the king of Portugal had given him, and to notice thofe who behaved well, and was fof delighted, that he ftaid upwards of three hours* All the thorns and brambles were cleared away by this firft attack, fo that the palifades might be approached. The retreat was founded ; for the duke faid to the -marihal,—€ Our men, fir Thomas, have done enough for to-day ; let them retire, for they Si?


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