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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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o £ the common people. And in this battle, what was a wonderfil l thing was, that the cavalry had neither courage nor power t o resist infantry, lords had none to withstand their subjects, a n army clad in panoply of steel could not stand before weavers o f wool, a firm body was beaten by a terrified one, and a kingdo m by a small town. This battle took place on the eleventh o f July, near Cambray. When, therefore, this victory became known , all .the countrymen of the conquerors drove forth their Frenc h masters out of their cities, and adhered to their native governors chosen from their citizens. After this, the king of France acting tyrannically, collected a. very large army, as numerous as the sand which is on the se a shore, from the Greek sea to the ocean, for the purpose of breaking the power of the Flemings, and the king of the French himself formed part of the army. But the Flemings marched a n army against them for the purpose of defending their native soil, and not for that of attacking the country of others, in -which enterprise they were countenanced by the Apostolic blessing. And when they had marshalled their line of battle, the tw o armies being at no great distance from one another, the king of France did not dare to descend into Flanders, and the Flemings were not inclined to advance beyond their own borders, and the army of the French was fatigued with their march, and exhausted by great scarcity of food, which had now lasted a long time ; and as the king of France himself was tarrying at the city of Artois, more than fifty thousand men secretly returned home again, though they were liable to the penalty of death for their desertion. At length the king of France himself, with all his followers, ingloriously returned home, crowned with ineffable ignominy, on the ninth day of the month of October. We. have recounted these events, not as being a full account of all that took place, but for the recollection of future ages, in order that posterity may remember how the Ruler of rulers never ceases to humble the powerful who pre sume too much on themselves. Let us now return to other matters, affecting the king of England. The king of England then, being desirous that a good peace should be made in his days, sent ambassadors of high rank to the king of France about Easter, to give him notice by their means of the resolutions to which he had come respecting peace and war. And, having received for answer that such vol. it. ο ο

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