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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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When this was all done, they ordered their minftrels to play as merrily as they could. . The Scots have a cuftom, when affembled in arms,, for thofe who are on foot to be well dreffed, eaclfc - having a large horn flung round his neçk, in* the. manner of hunters, and when they blow all tew gether, the horns being of different fizes, the, . noife is fo great it may be heard four miles off, to the great difmay of their, enemies and their own delight. The foots commanders ordered this fort of mufic now to be played, \ ' The bifhop of Durham with his banner, under which were at lead, ten thoufand men, had fcarcely approached within a league of the. Scots, when they began to play fuch a concert, that it feemed as if all the devils in hell had • come thither to join in the noife, fo that thofe of the Englifli who had never before heard fuch, were much frightened. This concert lafted a confiderable time, and then ceafed. * After a. paufç, when they thought the Englifli -were within half a league, they recommenced it, continuing it as long, as before, when it again ceafed. . ., ; , The bifhop, howeyer, kept advancing with Ws men in .battle-arr^y until they came within fight of the esiemy, two bow-$iots off; the Scots then began to play louder th^i before, and for a longer time,, during which the bifhop examin-ed with furprife how well they had ehofen their encampment, and ftrengthened,. it, ,to • their ad- Vantage. Some knights held a council how they fhould 280


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