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many noble men of arms who fought and held together to their powers, and there was done many a noble feat of arms. And on the English part specially there was sir John Chandos, who that day did like a noble knight and governed and counselled that day the duke of Lancaster in like manner as he did before the prince at the battle of Poitiers, wherein he was greatly renowned and praised, the which was good reason ; for a valiant man and a good knight, acquitting himself nobly among lords and princes, ought greatly to be recommended : for that day he took no heed for taking of any prisoner with his own hands, but always fought and went forward; but there was taken by his company under his banner divers good knights and squires of Aragon and of France, and specially sir Bertram of Guesclin, sir Arnold d'Audrehem, sir Begue of Villaines and more than threescore prisoners. So thus finally the battle of sir Bertram of Guesclin was discomfited, and all that were therein taken and slain, as well they of France as of Aragon. There was slain the Begue of Villiers, and taken the lord Anteing of Hainault, the lord Briffeuil, sir Gawain of Bailleul, sir John of Berguettes, sir Alemant of Saint-Venant and divers other. Then drew together these banners, the banner of the duke of Lancaster, of sir john Charities and of the two marshals, and the pennon of Saint George, and went all together on the battle of king Henry and cried with a high voice, ` St. George, Guyenne !' Then the Spaniards and their company were sore put aback. The captal of Buch and the lord Clisson fought valiantly, and also sir Eustace d'Aubrecicourt, sir Hugh Calverley, sir soudic, sir John Devereux and other acquitted themselves that day right nobly. The prince skewed himself like a noble knight and fought valiantly with his enemies. On the other side king Henry acquitted himself right valiantly, and recovered and turned again his people that day three times. For after that the earl don Tello and a three thousand horsemen with him were departed from the field, the other began then greatly to be discomfited and were ever ready to fly after their company ; but then ever king Henry was before them and said, `Fair lords, what do you? Wherefore will ye thus forsake and betray me? Sith ye have made me king and set the crown on my head and put the heritage of Castile into my hands, return and help to keep and defend me, and abide with me; for by the grace of God, or it be night, all shall be ours' : so that these words or such-like encouraged his people in such wise, that it made them to abide longer in the field, for they durst not fly for shame when they saw their king and their lord so valiantly fight and speak so amiably : so that there died more than a thousand and five hundred persons, that might well have saved themselves and have taken the time to their advantage, an the love that they had to their lord and king had not been. When the battle of the marshals were passed through their enemies and had discomfited the greatest number of them,' so that the Spaniards could not sustain nor defend them any longer, but began to fly away in great fear without any good array or order toward the city of Nazres, and so f' passed by the great river,2 so that for any words that king Henry could say they would not return, and when the king saw the mischief and discomfiture of his people and that he saw no' recovery, then he called for his horse and mounted thereon and put himself among them that fled ; but he tools not the way to Nazres, for fear of enclosing, but then took another way eschewing all perils, for he knew well that if he were taken, he should die without mercy. Then the Englishmen and Gascons leapt a-horseback and began to chase the Spaniards, who fled away sore discomfited to the great river. And at the entry of the bridge of Nazres there was a hideous shedding of blood, and many a man slain and drowned ; for divers leapt into the water, the which was deep and hideous ; they thought they had as lief to be drowned as slain. And in this chase among other there were tw



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