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
places, without meeting any level country. On the
fummits of the mountains, and in the valleys, were
large marihes and bogs, and of fuch extent, that it.
was a miracle many were not loft in them ; for each
gallopped forwards without waiting for either com
mander or companion : thofe who fell into them
found difficulty in getting any to help them. Many
banners remained there, and feveral baggage and
fumpter horfes never came out again.
In the courfe of the day, there were frequent
cries of alarm, as if the foremoft ranks were en
gaged with the enemy ; which thofe behind believing
to be true, they hurried forward as fail as poffible
over rocks and mountains, fword in hand, with
: their helmets and ihields prepared for fighting,
without waiting for father, brother, or friend.
When they had haftened about half a league
towards the place from which the noife came, they
found themfelves difappointed, as the cries pro
ceeded from fome herds of deer or other wild
beafts, which abounded in thefe heaths and defert
places, and which fled before the banners, purfued
by the ihouts of the army, which made them imagine
it was fomething elfe.
In this manner, the young king of England,
agreeably to the advice of his council, rode all that
day over mountains and deferts, without keeping
to any fixed road, or finding any town.
About vefpers, and forely fatigued, they reached
the Tyne, which the ' Scots had already croiTed,
though the Engliih fuppofed they had it ftill to re
pafs. Accordingly, they went over the ford, but
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