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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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: f 58; were but three hundred lances and two thousand others.- • r- • \ When they were all aflembled, they left New* cafflte aftçr dinner, and took the field in good array, following the road the Scots had taken; making for Otterbourne, which was eight (hort leagues diftânt y but they cpuld not advance very fat, that their infantry might keep up With them. ..-.. : ' . As the Scots were fupping, fome indeed were gone to flèep, for they had laboured hard during the day, at the attack of the caftle, and intended renewing it in the cool of the morning,, the Eng-lifh arrived; and miftook, at their entrance, the huts of the fervants for thofe of their mailers:— They forced their way into the camp, which was, however, tolerably ftrong, fhouting out, c Percy ! Percy P • In fuch cafes, you may fup^ pofe an alarm is foon given, and it was fortu-nate for the Septs the Englifh had made their firft attack on. their fervants' quarters, which checked them fpme little. • The Scots, expect? ing the Englifh, had prepared accordingly ; for, while the lords were arming themfelves, th/ey ordered a body of their infantry. to join theif fervants and keep up the skirmifh. As their men were armed, they formed themfelves under the jtennons of the three princial barons, who each had his particular appointment. In the mean time, the night advanced, but it was Sufficiently light ; for the moon fhone, and it was the month of Auguft, when the weathef is temperate and ferene. . ' 1 ^ When


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