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weapons, each from other, and took prisoners on both parts. Thus they fought hand to hand so valiantly that it was marvel to behold; so ye may well believe that in this great press and peril there were many overthrown and slain, for there were none that spared other. I say to you plainly, the Frenchmen had no need as then to sleep, for they had in hand people hardy and full of courage, wherefore it behoved every man to acquit themselves valiantly and to defend their bodies and keep their country and to take their advantage when it carne at the point, or else they had been all discomfited : surely the Bretons and Gaseous did acquit themselves right well that day and did many a noble feat of arms. Now shall I skew you of the thirty that were appointed to set on the captal, who were right well horsed. They took heed to nothing else but to the executing of their enterprise that they had in charge, so all together came on the captal, whereas he was fighting with a great axe in his hand and gave therewith so great strokes that none durst approach near him, but these thirty by force of their horses brake the press and came on the captal and by clean force they took him. Then began the battles sore in every place, for the captal's men cried to the rescue ; howbeit all their pain availed them nothing, for the captal was carried out of the field ; at which time it was hard to tell who had the better.

CHAPTER CCXXII

How the Englishmen and Navarrois were discomfited at the battle of Cockerel, and how the young king of France made his brother duke of Burgoyne, and of the castles and fortresses that were after won.

IN this great battle, where that the Englishmen and Navarrois intended to follow to rescue the captal, whom they saw carried away before them, and of the French part sir Aymenion of Pommiers, sir Petiton of Curton, sir soudic de Latrau and the lord d'Albret's company, they intended with a courageous will to dress them toward the captal's standard that stood on a bush, there was then a sore battle ; for the standard was well defended with good men of war, and specially with sir bascle of Mareuil and sir Geoffrey of Roussillon there was many rescues, and many one hurt and cast to the earth: howbeit the Navarrois that were about the standard were overthrown, and the bascle of Mareuil slain, and sir Geoffrey of Roussillon taken prisoner, and sir Aymenion of Pommiers no man could tell what became of him, whether he were slain or taken.' And when the captal's standard was taken and torn all to pieces, in the mean season the Bretons, Frenchmen, Picards, Normans and the Burgoynians fought valiantly, the which stood them well in hand to do, for the Navarrois had caused them somewhat to rescue, and there was dead of the French party the viscount Beaumont, the which was great damage, for he was a lusty young knight and was likely to have proved a noble man ; and his company with great pain carried him out of the field, as I heard recounted of them of both parties. It had not been seen afore in such a battle with such a number to be so well fought as this battle was, for they were all afoot hand to hand and were meddled together each party with other and fought with such weapons as they had, and there was many a great stroke given with axes of steel, and there was sore hurt sir Petiton of Curton and sir soudic de Latrau in such wise that they could do no more good that day. Sir John Jouel, by whom the battle began, did that clay many a feat of arms and was hurt in divers places of his body, and finally he was taken prisoner by a squire of Bretayne of the company of sir Bertram of Guesclin, and was carried out of the press. But there was slain of the French party the master of the cross-bows, and sir Louis of Haveskerke and divers other, and of the Navarrois the lord of Sault and many of his men, and the same day died prisoner sir John Jouel ; and there was taken sir William of Gauville, sir Peter of Saquainville, sir Geoffrey of Roussillon, sir Bertram of [the] Franc and divers other; but a few of the Navarrois saved, they



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