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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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and de Trie, that the earl Ihould be polled very near to the Englifh army. The quarters of the two kings were on the plain between Vironfoffe and la Flamengrie, without any advantage of ground—and in the memory of man there had not been feen fofine an affembly of great lords; for the king of France was there in perfop, and had with him king Charles of Bohemia, the ting of Navarre, and the king of Scotland, dukes, counts, barons, and knights without number, and they were daily increafing. When the king of England had halted in the champaign country of Tierache, as you have before heard, he was informed, that the king of France was within two leagues of him, and eager to give him battle ; he therefore fummoned the chiefs of his army, and demanded of them the beft method of preferving his honour, as his intention was to accept the combat. The lords looked at each other, and requefted the duke of Brabant to give his opinion. The duke replied, that he was forfighting, as they could not depart honourably without it ; and he advifed, that a herald ihould be fent to the king of France, to offer him battle, and tofix the day. A herald, who belonged to the duke of Gueldres, and fpoke French well, had this commiffion. After being informed what he was to fay, he rode to the ^French army, and coming to the king and his counfellors, told them, that the king of England, having halted in the plains, demanded and required the combat of one army againft the other. To this king


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