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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2
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gave up the charge of It to the lord of Cadoudal ; and taking with him fir Yves de. Trefiquidi, a hun-dred men at arms, and two hundred archers, came to the army before Vannes. Soon after his arrival, the town was alfaulted in three places at once ; and the Englifh archerss fhot fo thickly, that fcarcely any one darec| to fhow themfelves at the battle* ments. This combat lafled a whole day, and many were killed and wounded on both fides. Towards evening, the Englifh retired to their quarters, and the inhabitants to their houfes, quite tired, when they difarmed themfelves: but the army did not fo; they only took off their helmets, and drank once to refrefh themfelves. Prefently after, by .the ad-vice of lord Robert, the army was drawn out again * in three divifions : two of them were lçd to that part, of the town where they intended to make the ftropgeft affault, and the third was ordered to re-main quiet, until the engagement fhould have lafled fome time, which would probably bring all the in-habitants to that quarter to defend themfelves : they were then to advance to the weakeft part of the place, and, being provided with rope ladders and iron hooks, they were to, attempt to fcale the walls and conquer the town. This was executed. The lord Robert marched with the van divifion, and fkirmifhed clofe up to the barriers : the earl of Salifbury did the fame at another gate : and be-caufe it was very late, to alarm the inhabitants more, they made great fires, fo that the flame* lighted the whole town ; which made many think their houfes were on fire. They cried out, ( Trea-fon \


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