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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.10

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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.10
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to avoid any danger From ambufcades or Ikirmiflies on that fide. The Saracens (hewed much ability in thus poll-ing themfelves. They amounted, according to the eftimate of able men at arms, tq thirty thou-fand archers and ten ' thoufand horfe. Others thought they were more ; but their exaû numbers were unknown, for the Qhriftians fuppofed many were lodged in the wood. Thçy were very nu-merous/ for they were in their own country, and could come and go from, their army at their pleafure without danger. They received continual fupplies of frefh provifion, that was brought on the backs of camels. * , , The fécond day after the Chriftians had Janded, the Saracens, about dawn, came to attack the camp, fir Henry d'Antoing having the command of the guard of two hundred men at arms and one thoufand Genoefe cros-bows. The ikirmifli lafted better than two hours, and many gallant deeds were done in fhooting and thrufting the lance, for there was not any engagement with the fword hand to hand. The Saracens did not • fool hardily rifk themfelves, but fought with valour and more prudence than the Chriftians. When they had fldrmiftied fome time, the Sara-cens fëtréatedy for the army began to be in motion, and fome of the French barons had come to witnefs the aft ion, and obferve the manner of their enemies fighting, that they might be pre-pared to meet them another time. ' The Saracens retired to their camp, as did the Chriftians to theirs 201


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