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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
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, &fk approaching : the two wings of their army, which confided of fixty thoufand xpcn each,, were already doling,round.them. The Chriftians, obr ùtymg this, would hare retreated, but that wps im* jpflftfc, as they wenc completely furroupded. M$ny knights and fquircs« who • had been • ufed to arms, now knew the day muft be loft : not-• withftanding which they advanced, following the banner of our Lady, that was' borne "by that galr iant knight fir John de Vienne. The lords of France were fo richly dreflfcd out, in their emblazoned furcoats, as to look like little kings; but, as 1 was told, when they met the Turks, they were not more than feven hundred* which fufficiently (hewed the folly of the mcafurej far, had they waited for the Hungarian army, con-fiding of fixty thoufand men, they /night, • per-haps, have gained a viftory, but to their pride and prefumpti&n* was the whole lofs owing ; and it was lb great, that never fince the defeat at Ron-* cefvallcs, where the twelve peers of France were ilain, did the French fufter fo eonfiderkbly. How-ever, before they were overcome, they made great llaughter of the Turks j though feveral knights #;atari fquires faw they were marching to deftru&on, through their own folly. The French defeated the van battalion, and put it to flight, purfuing it into a valley where Ba-jazet was polled' vith the main army. The French would have • returned, as they were mounted on barbed horfes, but could noç, for they #ere now inclofed on all fides. The battle, therefore, raged with m7


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