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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
page 70



with great difficulty. At this place, the engage-ment was very fevere,. and lafted a confiderable lime: the noblemen of France and of England, named in the preceding chapters, combated moft valiantly hand to hand: neither knight nor bache-lor could there conceal himfelf. Sir Walter Manny had advanced fo far among his enemies, that he was in great danger. The Englilh made prifoners of the vifcount de Bouf-quetin, the lords of Chatiilon, of Chateauneuf, and of Lefcun. The French retreated into the fort, let down the portcullis, and, ' getting upon the battle^ ments, began to throw ftones and other things, to drive their enemies away. This affault and Ikirmifh lafted until vefpers, when the Englilh retreated, quite weary, into the fuburbs, which they had won ; where they found fuch quan-tities of provilion and wine, that might, on occa-sion, have lafted them for four months moft plen-tifully. When the morrow dawned, the earl of Derby had his trumpets founded, and his forces drawn out in battle array, to approach the town, and make a mighty affault, which lafted until noon. They had not much fuccefs ; for they found that there were within it men at arms wiio defended them-felves valiantly. At noontide, the Englilh retreated, perceiving that they only loft their time. The lords then aflembled in council, and deter-mined to attack the town on the fide next the river ; for it was there only fortified by palifades. The earl of Derby fent therefore to the fleet at Bour-deaux 57


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