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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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54
Jedged the best and foremost knight of
all, this day!'
The prince then proceeded somewhat to
change the order of his army. When re-
connoitred by De Ribeaumont, he had
shown only one division. But when about
to fight, he divided his little army into
three, drawn up close in the rear of each
other, on the sloping and defensible ground
we have described. He also placed apart
a body of men-at-arms, under the Captal
of Buche, designed to fetch a compass
i-ound the hill, unobserved, anil fall on the
rear of the French when they should com-
mence the attack.
The French accordingly began the battle
with the three hundred select men-at-arms,
whom they had caused to remain on horse-
back, for the service of dispersing the
archers, and forcing a passage for the rest
of the army. These had no sooner entered
between the hedges, however, than the ar-
chers, by whom they were lined, commenced
their fatal discharge, and the horses of
the men-at-arms recoiled and turned restive,
disordering their own ranks, and rendering
it impossible for their masters to perform
the orders given to them. Sir James Aud-
ley, with four squires of undaunted valour,
Ibught in the front of the battle, and stop-
ped not to take prisoners, but went straight
forward against all opposition.
It was in vain that a great body of dis-
mounted men-at-arms entered the fatal
pass, under two of the French marshals,
to relieve the mounted spearmen. One of
these leadei-s was slain, the other made
prisoner; and their troops, driven back,
were thrown in confusion upon the second
line, commanded by the Dauphin. At the
same time, the strong body of English
men-at-arms, who had been reserved for
that service, with a corresponding number
of archers, burst unexpectedly from the
ambuscade, in which they had been till
jiow concealed. This was commanded, as
already mentioned, by the valiant Gascon
knight, called the Captal of Buche, a faith-
ful vassal of England. He attacked the
French column on the flank and rear, and
compelled it to fly. The Scottish auxilia-
ries shared the fate of their alUes. The
victory being now on the side of England,
the prince commanded his men-at-arms to
take horse, seeing the moment was come
to advance. They mounted, and prepared
to charge accordingly, the prince himself
giving the word, 'Advance banners, in the
name of God and Saint George!' Upon
seeing the approach of this strong body,
those French lords who commanded the
second 'division, and had charge of the
three younger princes of France, retreated
from the battle, in order, as they after-
wards alleged, to place these royal persons
in safety. The army of the French was
now in such confusion, that the third divi-
sion was exposed tho the full fury of the
English assault by the retreat of the se-
cond line, and the person of King John,
who commanded it, was placed in the
greatest danger; his nobles, who fought
around him, were almost all slain or taken,
and the victors, who disputed with each
other the glory and advantage of taking
so great a prince alive, called out, 'Yield
you, sir, or you die!' The gallant monarch
disdained the safety which was to be found
by complying with these invitations, and
continued manfully to defend himself with
his battle-axe. *If,' says Froissai't, 'the
knights of King John had fought as reso-
lutely as he did himself, the event of the
day might have been diirerent.'
Finding himself almost alone, and over-
borne by numbers, the unfortunate king
expressed a wish to surrender to his cou-
sin, the Prince of Wales; but, as this was
impossible, — for the prince was in a di-
stant part of the field, — King John gave
his gauntlet in token of surrender to Sir
Dennis Morbeque, a Frenchman by birth,
but who, exiled from France for a homi-
cide there committed, was in the Black
Prince's service. From this gentleman
King John was soon atfer taken forcibly
by several knights of England and Gascony,
who disputed the prize with so much vio-
lence, that the captive monarch was only
delivered from the tumult, and even the
personal danger which it involved, by the
Earl of Warwick and Lord Cobham, sent
by the Prince of Wales to save him amid
the general disorder. Philip of France,
youngest son of King John, remained cap-
tive with his father. He behaved so reso-
lutely on that fatal day, that he was said
to have then acquired the epithet of the
Hardy, by which he was afterwards distin-
guished.
The Prince of Wales, whose courtesy
was at least equal to his bravery, caused
a banquet to be spread in his pavilion,
where he entertained the captive monarch,
with his great nobles, while he himself re-
fused to sit down at the table, as not wor-
thy of so great an honour as to eat with
the King of France. He bid his royal
captive, at the same time, make no heavy
cheer for his misfortunes, though the fate
of battle had been otherwise than he
would have desired. 'You shall find my