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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.11

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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.11
page 280



Dorekerque, fir Gerard Cavin and fir Tiny cte Walturg, feconded this propofal ; but the peo-ple would not liften to it, and they were fup-ported by fevcral of thofe noble men called Elins, who are gentlemen and judges of caufes. They oppofed what the great Frieflander' had offered with fuch fuccefs, as to occafion it to be determined, that as foon as they fhould hear of the enemy landing, they were to march and offer them combat. This being refolved on, the af-fembly broke up, that every one might make his preparations. To fay the truth, fhey were in general very poorJy armed : -many had no è other defenfive covering than their waiftcoats made of coarfe thick cloth, fcarcely better thair horfe cloths. Some were armed in leather, others with rufty jackets of mail, which feemed unfit for fervice ; but there were fome perfectly well armed. When the Frieflanders were ready to march, they took from their churches the crofles and banners, and divided1 themfelves into three bat-talions, each confifting of about ten thoufand men: they halted, on arriving at a pafs de-fended by a ditch, very near to where the Hain^ ^ ault army was to land, and faw plainly the Hainaulters, Hollanders and Zealanders, for they were clofe to the fhore, and preparing to difem- * bark. It was en Saint Bartholomew's day, which this year fell on a Sundav, that duke Albert and his army landed in Fricfland* The 274


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