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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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The Brabanters, mith great numbers of cxtm* . mon people, had already croffed the river, when news was brought to the fénéfchal and his knight* that the duke of Gueldres had taken the field, and was fo near that they muft fpeedily fee him. They were much furprifed at this intelligence, and concluded that the duke muft at leaft have had with him fix times more men than he had. . They inftantly halted, and would have drawn theipfelves up in array, but had not time; for the duke of Gueldres appeared with his company full gallop, with fpears in their refts, and fhoufc-ing their cry, 'OurLady for Gueldres1/ A fquire of Gueldreland, called Hermaut de Morbec, de-ierves particular attention, from the great délire he had to exalt his name. He left the ranks of the battalion, and, fpurring his horfe, was the firft to aflault the enemy, and at this gallant tilt un horfed the man he ftruck. I know not if he were raifed from the ground, for the crowd was f# .great, that when any were difmouiited, unlefs inftantly relieved, they ran great rifk of being .cmfhéd to death. More than fix fcore Brabantera were unborfed at this firft charge. Great confix-fion and difmay, with but a poor defence, reign-ed among them. They were fo fuddenly attacked, (which is the way enemies fhould be by thofe who wifh to conquer them,) that although they were fo numerous, and had many great lords* they were difperfed : ' they could never form any array, nor could the lords rally their men, nor thefe laft join their lords. Thofe in the rear, . . . hearing •212


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