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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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itones, that it was dangerous to pafs it in hafte. If the Engliih had pafled this river, there was not room between it and the mountain for them to draw up their line of battle. ' The Scots had formed their two firft battalions on the two fides of the mountain, and on "the declivity of the rock, which was not eafy to climb to attack them ; but they themfelves were polled fo as to annoy them with ftones, if they crofTed the river: which if the Engliih effe&ed, they would not bç able to return. When the Engliih lords perceived the difpofition of the Scots, they ordered their men, to difmount, take off their fpurs, and form three battalions a$ before. Many new knights were made ; and, when the battalions were formed, fome of the chief lords brought the young king on horfeback along the lines, to encourage the men. The king fpoke moil gracioufly to all, and befought them to take every pains to do him honour and preferve their own. He ordered, under pain of death, that no one ihould advance before the banners of the marihals, or move without orders. Shortly afterward, the battalions were commanded to advance towards the enemy in flow time, keeping their ranks. This was done ; and each battalion moved on a confiderable fpace, and came to the afcent of the mountain, where the Scots were pofted. · This manœuvre was intended in order to fee whether the enemy would retire or make any movement j but neither one noi other was to be per ceived:


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