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King Edward had taken his station at the head of his corps de reserve, which was drawn up on the summit of the hill, from whence he had a view of the field of battle. He had observed the French standards drop apace, and was forming to himself pleasing hopes of his Son's success, when the Knight came to desire aid ; he therefore hastily enquired whether the Prince was dead, wounded, or felled to the ground: on his receiving an answer in the negative,

the King replied, 6. Go back and tell the .“Lords who sent you, that whilst my Son “ is alive they will require my aid in vain ;

for I am resolved that the renown of “ this glorious day shall belong to him, 66.and those brave Knights who share the “ danger with him. Let him therefore “ take pains to win his spurs, and to de“ serve the honour of Knighthood which I .“ have fo lately conferred upon him.”

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Before the return of the messenger the Prince had behaved so gallantly, and was

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to well feconded by his troops, that the Lords were sorry they had betrayed any apprehensions : but no sooner was the answer of his Majesty reported, than they all found their spirits exhilarated, and with one mind they determined to support the expectations of their King, or die in the attempt. The forces which had attacked them with fo much impetuosity were consequently repelled, and in a little time broken and defeated.

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... This success encouraged the Prince, who

hitherto had acted on the defensive, to ad· yance; and being joined by the division . under the Earls of Arundel and Northamp

ton, the archers were ordered to fall into wings on each side. In this firm battalion they marched towards the French, who imet them with a gallant resolution; pleased with the thought that their deaths Thould not be sent them at a distance, but that now they might hand to hand contend for the

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In The Marquis of Moravia, fon to the King of Bohemia, was the first who renewed the battle ; but being wounded in three places, his standard beaten to the ground, and his men slain in heaps around him, he with 'difficulty turned his horse and rode out of the field, having cast away his armour that he might not be known.

o The French King in perfon, with some felect troops, now made the last essay to turn the fortune of the day ; but with such ill success, that he was obliged to quit the field with only sixty persons in his company; yet not before he had given convincing proofs of his valour: he was wounded both in the neck and thigh, and had one horse killed under him; he was dismounted also from a second, and had undoubtedly been-slain or taken prisoner, if Lord John of Hainault, his brother-in-law, F 2

had had not a third time remounted him, and then taking hold of his horse's bridle, almost by force compelled him to leave the battle. The royal standard of France was beaten to the ground, the standard-bearer being killed in sight of the King; and whilft both nations warmly contended for it, a French Knight. dismounted from his horse, ripped it from its fhaft, with his sword, and wrapping it in folds about his body, rode out of the field. From this time the French made little or no oppofition ; and night coming on, it gave an opportunity to more than half their army to escape: this they did in such small parties, as plainly shewed that their defeat was decisive and complete.

The Prince of Wales, unwilling to hazard fo glorious a victory by breaking his ranks, thought it not prudent to pursue them : he wisely confidered that the numbers which had escaped were still superior to his own forces; and that being augmented by those troops which were marching from different quarters with all expedition to join the French army before the battle, they might rally and return to the charge. The King his father approved of his conduct in this respect, and ordered his army to pass the night on the field of battle,

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: It is almost incredible with how little lofs this memorable victory was obtained : neither the French or English historians take notice of more than three Knights and one 'Squire killed in the battle on the side of the English ; and it is evident, from the history of the baronage of England, that not one of the Nobility fell that day, though most of them, as appears from the fame authority, accompanied the King in this expedition. On the part of the French their loss was irreparable; not so much from the number of troops slain, though at Jeast thirty thousand lay dead on the field of battle, as from the great slaughter of their prime Nobility and Knights." There F 3

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