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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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y 244 •of St. Ofnêf, pulled down may houfes, and pillaged wherever they could. The alarm was inftantly fpread in, the town : the lords who were there foon armed themfelves, and .their men, and fallied out at the gate oppofite to where the Flemings were. They might amount to .about fix banners, two hundred armed with helmets, and fix hundred infantry. They made a circuit round St. Omer, as their guides, who were well acquainted with the road; led them, and came opportunely upon the Flemings, who were bufily employed in colle&ing every thing they could find in ihe town of Arques, which is clofe to St. Omer, io that they were difperfed about, without officers, and without order. The French attacked them thus, unawares, with banners difplayed, and lances in c their refts, in regular order, crying out, Clermont, Clermont, for the dauphin of Auvergne.' When the Flemings heard this, they were fore alarmed; and, not attempting to rally in any order, they fled as fait as they could, throwing down all the pillage they had gotten. The French purfued them, and killed and knocked them down in great numbers. This purfuit tailed full two leagues : there were four - thoufand eight hundred flain, and four hundred captured, who were carried to St. Omer, and there imprifoned. When thofe few, who had efcaped, arrived at their own army, and related what had happened to them, it foon came to the ears of their captains, who told them, they had deferred what had befallen them, for they had done this without orders, and without a leader. About


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