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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.1

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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.1
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country, burning and pillaging as they went, "and that it would be impoifible to fight with them in thefe mountains, without a manifeft difadv^ntagè, fuppofing they ihould overtake .them, which they could not; but, as they muft repafsthe Tyne,,it was determined in full council, that if they were to get themfelves ready about midnight, and haften their march next day, they might cut off the paffage of the river, and force them to fight to a difadvantage, or remain fliut up prifoners in England. After this refolution had been entered into, each retired to his quarters, to eat and drink what he could find there; and they defired their companions to be filent, in order that the trumpets might be heard : at the firft founding of which, the horfes were to be faddled and made ready ; at the fécond, every one was to arm himfelf without delay; and, at the third, to mount their horfes immediately, and join their banners. Each was to take only one loaf of bread with him, flung behind him after the manner of hunters. All unneceflary arms, harnefs and baggage, were ordered to be left behind, as they thought they ihould for a certainty give battle the next day, whatever might be the confequences, whether they ihould win or lofe all. As it had been ordered fo was it executed, and all were mounted and ready about midnight. Some had but little reft, notwithstanding they had laboured hard the day before. Day began to appear as the battalions were afiembled at their different pofts ψ the banner-bearers then haftened on over heaths, mountains, valleys, rocks, and many dangerous places,


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