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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.9

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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.9
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fore the town, (hey repotted the brook In the fame manner' as before, and retreated to a lafgè fancl bank, when they drew up in handibme ap-ray, about three bow-fhots diftant from the brook. The French knights advanced, (houting their cries, with their fpears in their -refts and, when near, the Englifli being prepared, ihick fpurs into their horfes to meet them. The fhock was very great i and fevetal of each fide were unhorfed on the fand. This would not have ended fo fpeedily, and other weapons would have been reforted to when the lances failed; but the duft, from the movements of the horferf, was & great and difagreeable, they could not know each other: their horfes were covered with dull as well as themfelves ; and it was in fuch clouds that they could not breathe without fwallowing large mouthfuls. This caufed the attack to ceafe, and the French and Englifli to withdraw from the combat : the firft returned to Vïlal» pando. There was not any one lain, nor much hurt, on either fide. - The Englifli knights went not more than one league beyond Vilalpando before they returned to their army, when they difarmed themfelves ; for they were feized with fevers and other dis-orders, which brought them to death's door. ' - • The duke of Lancafter was greatly difpirited, and knew not how to act ; for he faw his army daily wafting away, and was grieved to find that the greater and better part were confined, to their beds. He himfelf Was fo unwellj that if he had not been afraid to diftiearten his'men, he would gladly have kept his chamber.' " He ad- . ' oreffed


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