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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
page 175



174 ROGER OF WEN DOVER. [A.D . 119S. not being able to resist the English, were put to flight, and throwing away their arms in order to fly better, gave courage to the English ; more than three thousand seven hundred of their soldiers were said to have been slain, besides those who were taken prisoners, and those mortally wounded ; but of the English only one man was killed, and he was pierced by an arrow which was carelessly discharged by one of his fellow soldiers. How king Richard, in a baitle with the Frenrh king, took twenty knights. About the same time, Philip king of the French, and the English king Richard, met in battle between Jumieges and Vernon ; in this conflict the French king and his followers took to flight, and retreated to Vernon for safety, but before they could get into the castle, king Richard, who was pursuing them at the sword's point, made prisoners of twenty knights, and more than sixty soldiers. On the tenth of September in this year, Richard bishop of London paid the debt of nature. Of a glorious victory gained by king Richard. About that time, king Richard assembled all his forces, and, supported by the valour of his English troops, took by assault three of the French king's castles, namely. Sirefontan, Burs, and the fortress of Curcel. The French king, who believed that the castle of Curcel was not yet taken, came from Nantes to render assistance to that place, with four assembled together, sworn to oppose the unjust invasion of the English as long as they had breath in their bodies. When they were drawn out in battle arra)' against the English army, Peter the justiciary, a brave and prudent knight, came up with his people in battle array against them, and exhorted his men to fight bravely and manfully. One of them, named Walter de I lame, a native of Trumpington, replied, ' (Jod forbid, my lord, th.it any nobleman should be prodigal of bis own life : I am but a poor man, and my life is of no value, nor will thecnemy have much cause to triumph in my death.' With these words, he did not wait for a reply, but furiously spurred against one of the foremost of the enemy, leaving him on the ground grievously wounded, charged a second, whom be served in the same manner, and then assailed a third, whom he seized by the helmet, and nearly shook the breath out of bis body. Then looking back upon his own armv, he exclaimed, 1 Hurra I king's men, conic on, and cha w them, the victory is oursl' Before he had s|oken these words, the Welsh army was broken; the right wing of the English came up, and the enemy wile routed light and left."


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