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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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At the firft dawn of day, they were all prepared, and fèt ont from la Rochelle at a good pace, to beat up fhe quarters of the Englifh. During this, the horfe got rçady, and they were about three hundred, for many knights and fquires had Jjaftened to la Rochelle on " the firft intelligence of the Englifh having landed at Marans. They lef]t the town under thç command of. the- two knights before named_. Had the Englffli fortunately had any fufpi-cion#of this attack from the Rochejlers, and had formed .an ambufcàde of two hundred archers and one hundred men at arms, not one would ever have returned to la Rochelle. • When the crofs-bowmen arrived at the Eng-lish quarters, it wa's very early mora; and lucky it was for them that the guard, who had watch-ed all night, was retired at fun-rife. The crofs-bowmen began to shoot their bolts and arrows, which paffed through the huts made of boughs and leaves, to the great fnrprife of the English who were afleep within fide on ftraw. Many were wounded before they discovered they were attacked by the French, When they had made each about fix shots, they retreated, according to their orders, and the men at arms advanced on horfeback amidft the English huts. Knights and fquires fpeedily left their lodg-ings, and drew up together; and the French captains, feeing they were preparing themfelves in earned to take the field, made after their crofs-bows and infantry, who were, haftening home-ward* for they were much afraid of the English arrows?. «01 .


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