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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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with great difficulty, owing to the large ftones that were in the river. When they had pafled over, each took up his lodging on its banks as he could ; and at this time the fun was fet. There were few among them that had any hatchets, wedges, or other inftruments, to cut down trees, to make themfelves huts; many of them had loft their companions, and even the foot had remained behind, not knowing what road to aik for. Thofe who were beft acquainted with the country faid, that they had travelled that day twenty Engliih leagues on a gallop, without flopping, except to arrange the furniture of their horfes, when it had been loofened by the violent exercife. They were forced to lie this night on the banks,of the river in. their armour, and at the fame time hold their horfes by their bridles, for there was not any place where they could tie them. Thus the horfes had nothing to eat, neither oats nor. any forage ; and the men had only their loaf that was tied behind them, which was wetted by the fweat of the horfes. They had no other beverage but the water of the river, except, fome great lords, who had bottles among their baggage: nor had they fire or light,, not having any thing to make them of, except fome few lords, who had fome torches, which 'they had. brought on fumpter horfes. In fuch a melancholy manner did they pafs the night, without taking the faddles from off the horfes, or difarming themfelves. And when the long expe&ed day appeared, when they hoped to find fome comfort for themfelves and horfes, or to fight the Scots, which they very


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