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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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so they would meet them at an appointed rendezvous, by a certain day, with as many followers as they could bring. They all cheerfully promifed, and exerted themfelves fo much, as did many of the people in Brittany, that, by the appointed time, there came before the town of Vannes twelve thou-fand men armed, including freemen and feoffs. Thither came, with a numerous body, the lord Robert de Beaumanoir, marfhal of Brittany ; and having befieged the city on every fide, they began to affault it very fharply. When the lord Robert found himfelf thus befieged in Vannes, he was not negligent to defend it valiantly againft the Bretons, who repeated their attacks with great courage and eagernefs, left thofe who had gone for Rennes fhould return and difappoint their enterprife. They gave one affault fo well fupported by the knights, fquires, and even by the commonalty of the country, that they overpowered the barriers of the town, then the gates, and entered the town by ftorm, putting the Englilh to flight, killing and wounding many. Among the laft was the lord Robert, who was very badly wounded, infomuch that it was with difficulty he efcaped being taken : he fled through a poftern gate, and lord Stafford with him. At this capture of Vannes, the lord Defpencer, ion of the lord Hugh Spencer, mentioned at the beginning of this hiftory, was taken prifoner by fir Hervé de Léon; but he was fo badly wounded that he idled the third day afterwards. Thus did the French regain th#e town of Vannes. Lord


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