Page 178

Page 178 (Chronicles of Froissart)



page 178


one called the great prior of Saint James and the other the great master of Calatrava ; they and their company to save themselves entered into Nazres, and they were so near chased at their back by Englishmen and Gascons, that they r won the bridge, so that there was a great slaughter; and the Englishmen entered into the city after their enemies, who were entered into a strong house of stone. Howbeit, incontinent it was won by force, and the knights taken and many of their men slain and all the city overrun and pilled, the which was greatly to the Englishmen's profit. Also they won king Henry's lodging, wherein they found great riches of vessel and jewels of gold and silver ; for the king was come thither with great nobleness, so that when they were discomfited, they had no leisure for to return thither again to save that they had left there. So this was a hideous and a terrible discomfiture, and specially on the river side there was many a man slain ; and it was said, as I heard after reported of some of them that were there present, that one might have seen the water that ran by Nazres to be of the colour of red with the blood of men and horse that were there slain. This battle was between Nazres and Navaret in Spain the year of the incarnation of our Lord Jesu Christ a thousand three hundred threescore and six, the third day of April, the which was on a Saturday. After the discomfiture of the battle of Nazres, which was done by noon, the prince caused his banner to be raised up ahigh upon a bush on a little hill, to the intent to draw his people thither. And so thither drew all those that came from the chase; thither came the duke of Lancaster, sir John Chandos, the lord Clisson, the captal of Buch, the earl of Armagnac, the lord d'Albret and divers other barons, and had raised up on high their banners to draw their people thither ; and ever as they came, they ranged them in the field. Also there was James king of Mallorca, his banner before him, whereunto his company drew; and a little there beside was sir Martin de la Carra with the banner of his lord the king of Navarre, with divers other earls and barons ; the which was a goodly thing to regard and behold. Then 1 That is, the Englishmen and Gascons. came thither king don Peter right sore chafed, coming from the chase on a great black courser, his banner beaten with the arms of Castile before him ; and as soon as he saw the prince's banner, he alighted and went thither, and when the prince saw him coming, he went and met him and did him great honour. There the king don Peter would have kneeled down to have thanked the prince, but the prince made great haste to take him by the hand, and would not suffer him to kneel. Then the king said : `Dear and fair cousin, I ought to give you many thanks and praises for this fair journey that I have attained this day by your means.' Then the prince said: `Sir, yield thanks to God and give him all the praise, for the victory bath come by him all only and not by me.' Then the lords of the prince's council drew together and communed of divers matters, and so long the prince was still there, till all his people were returned from the chase. Then he ordained four knights and four heralds to go search the fields to know what people were taken and the number of them that were slain, and also to know the truth of king Henry, whom they called bastard, whether he were alive or dead. And then the prince and his lords went to the lodging of king Henry and of the Spaniards, where they were well and easily lodged, for it was great and large and well replenished of all things necessary. So then they supped that night in great joy, and after supper the knights and heralds that went to visit the field returned, and there they reported that there were slain of their enemies, of men of arms a five hundred and threescore, and of commons about a seven thousand and five hundred, beside them that were drowned, whereof the number was unknown ; and of their own company there was no more slain but four knights, whereof two were Gascons, the third an Alma



Page 178 (Chronicles of Froissart)