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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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pLeafe God, we will fee how they bear themfcive*, and what they map be inclined to do* They are. ignovaas of »y arrival, and I will lay an, aabaflt for *€B% and mate a private fcliy/ * Ah, my lord/ laid thole who had before fppken to him, € you nuft be very cautious how you aft, for they are fixteen thou&nd horfe at leaft, and, fhould they difcover you in the open plain, they will furround qpd overpower you by their numbers, without linking a blow/ The knight aniweredy € We will confidar more of it; for, fince we are come, we muft attempt fome deeds of aipis/ The con-mrhmn now ended, and every one returned to hk home; but the knight told his men, fecretiy, he intended making a fally and placing ian ambdh, that all might be prepared againft the morrow. The next day, fir James de la Berme and his troops being armed, made a fally through a private gate, cm the oppofite fide of the town to the place where the befiegers lay. Hewat accompanied^ at the diftance of half a league, by about three hunr dipd of the townfmen, to a narrow valley where they could not be feen. ( He bad left two hundred without the barriers, with orders, if they were attacked to defend themfelves. faintly, retreating towards this valley, where they would be fiipport-ed tiy the ambufcade. They promifed punûual obedience to thefe orders. The day was exceed: iagly hot ; but the count d'Armagnac was young and enterprifing: having heard mafs in his pa* titan and drank a cup, he demanded his arms, and, having completely equipped himfelf, dif- 271


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