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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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hearing the noife, and feeing the clouds of duft; thought their men muft have been difcomfited^ and that the enemy were coming to them, fo that they became panic-ftruck, and, turning about, fled for Raveftein or the Meufe. Their fright was fo great, they rulhed into the river, whether on horfeback or on foot, without founding the bot-tom or knowing if it were fordable, for they ima-gined the enemy was at their heels. By this felf-defeat, upwards of twelve hundred perifhed in the river Meufe; for they leaped one on the other, without any diftinction, like wild beafts. • Many great lords and barons of Brabant (whofe names I fliall not difclofe, to fave them and their heirs from the difgface that would attach to them) moft fhamefully fled from the field, and fought their fafety, not by the river nor by Raveftein, but by other roads that carried them toadiftanee from their enemies. * . This unfortunate event to the chivalry of Bra-bant happened between Grave and Raveftein. Great numbers were flain. All who could fur-render did fo inftantly; and the Germans took them at rànfom very readily, for the great profit they expected to make from them. Thofe who had fled to Grave gave the alarm to the befieg-ing army ; for they arrived out of breath, and fo harraffed that they could fcarcely fay to them, « Retire as fail as you can, for we have been to-tally defeated, and nothing can fave you.' When thofe in camp faw their appearance and heard their report, they were fo frightened that they would • ' 218


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