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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
page 308



John de Bueil, the lord de Mailly, and other knights/ determined to deliver the country from thefe people/ and colle&ed about five hundred fpears. They! learnt that the Englifh intended marching towards Saumur ; that all the captains of the different forts were to unite their forces ; and that the place of meeting was Preuilly, which you fee before us. Our men, having croffed the river, placed themfelves m ambufcade, in the wood below us, on the right hand. The enemy left Preuilly at fun-rife, to the amount of nine hundred fighting men: and when* pur party in ambufh faw them advancing,they knew a combat to be inevitable. They held a council on what fhould be their cry, and were defirous it fhould be, * Sir Bertrand !* but he would not confcnt, and declared he would not difplay either banner or pennon, but be under that of fir John de Bueil» Our enemies entered the mead, where we juft now * difmounted, and they had fcarcely done fo before our men fallied out of their ambufh to meet them. On feeing us, being of good courage, they drew themfelves up in handfome order. We did the fame, and both parties advanced to the combat, which inftantly commenced with fuch thrufting of lances that many were thrown down on each fide. It lafted a confiderable time without either giving way ; but, to fay the truth, we were all picked men, ' and with the enemy were numbers badly armed and plunderers. They gave us, however, full em-ployment ; but fir Morice Trifequedy, fir Geoffry Ricon, fir Geoffry Kerimel and Morfonace, joining ir Bertrand du Guefclin, full gallop, reinforced us . with S95


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