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JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

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Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France
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tions, and how they meant to act Some of them informed the king of the intended attack of the enemy, and that they believed him dead and the army without a leader. Upon this, the king summoned all his captains, and commanded them to have their men-at-arms completely armed, and ready drawn up before their tents at midnight, and then to advance as far as the lines which had been made to prevent the Saracens entering the camp on horseback, although they were so constructed that they might pass them on foot This was punctually executed according to the king's orders. You may suppose that the plan the Saracen chief had proposed and adopted he lost no time in putting into execution. On the Friday morning, by sunrise, 4,000 knights, well armed y*i mounted, were drawn up in battalions, alongside our army, which lay on the banks of the river toward Babylon, and extending as far as a town called Ressil. When the Pagan chief had thus drawn up his 4,000 knights in front of our army, he then brought another large body of Saracens on foot, and in each numbers that they surrounded all the other side of it. After doing this, he drew op at a short distance other bodies in conjunction with the power of the sultan of Babylon, to succour and aid each of the two former, as occasion might occur. The chief of the Saracens, having now completed the arrangement of his army, advanced on horseback alone, to view and make his observations on the manner in which the king's army was formed ; and where he saw ours was the strongest or weakest, he strengthened or diminished his own. After this he ordered 3,000 Bedouins, whose nature and character I have described, to march in front of the troops under the command of the duke of Burgundy, which were posted between the two branches of the Nile, thinking that part of the king*s army might be under the duke, and his own so much the weaker, and that these Bedouins would effectually prevent the duke from affording any support to the king. All these operations of the infidel chief took him up until about mid-day. This done, he ordered the nacaires and drums to be londly sounded, according to the mode of the Turks, which is certainly very surprising to those who have not been accustomed to hear them ; and then both horse and foot began to be in motion on all sides. I will speak first of

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