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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 326



When the king of England and his marshals had properly divided the fleet, they hoifted their fails to have the wind on their quarter, as the fun (hone full in their faces, which they confidered might be of difadvantage to them, and ftretched out a little, ; fo that at laft they got the wind as they wiihed. The Normans, who faw them tack, could not help wondering why they did fo, and faid they took good care to turn about, for they were afraid of meddling with them they perceived, however, by his banner, that the king was on board, which gave them jjreat joy, as they were eager to fight with him ; fo they put their Veflels in propfer order, for they were expert and gallant men on the feas. They filled the Chriftopher, the large ihip which they had taken the year before from the Englilh, with trumpets and other warlike inftruments, and ordered her to fall upon the Englilh. The battle then began very fiercely ; archers and crofs-bowmen fhot with all their might at each other, and the men at arms engaged hand to hand : in order to be more fuccefsful, they had large grapnels, and iron hooks with chains, which they flung from ihip to ihip, to moor them to each other. There were many valiant deeds performed, many prifoners mjde, and many refcues. The Chriftopher, which led the van, was recaptured by the Engliih, and all in her taken or killed. There were then great fhouts and cries, and the Englilh manned her again with archers, and fent her to fight againft the Genoefe, V OL. I. Ρ This


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