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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
page 182



in their armour. There were Frequent ikirmiihes, and many lives loft on both fides. The twenty-fourth day from the time they had received intelligence of the enemy, a Scots knight was taken prifoner, who, fore againft his will, gave an account to the lords of the ftate of the enemy. He was fo clofely examined, that he owned his lords had given orders that morning' for every one to be armed by vefpers, and follow the banner of lord James Douglas ; that it wis to be kept fecret ; but he was not, for a certainty, acquainted with their intentions further. Upon this the Englilh lords held a council ; and they judged, from the information of the Scots knight, that the enemy might perhaps come in full force at night to attack them on both fides at once, and, from their fufFerings by famine, which they could endure no longer, make it a very bloody and doubtful combat. The Engliih formed into three battalions, and polled themfelves before their quarters, on three feparate fpots of ground ; they made large fires, in order to fee better, and left their pages in their quarters to take care of their horfes. They remained under arms all the night, and eqch was placed under his own ftandard or banner. Towards day-break two Scots trumpeters fell in with one of the patroles, who took them, and brought them before the lords of the council, to c whom they faid, My lords, why do you watch here ? You are lofing your time ; for we fwear, by our heads, that the Scots are on thçir march home


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