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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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deaux for veffels, which he ordered to eome to him up the Dordogne : there were upwards of fixty / larks and other veffels lying at Bourdeaux, that *-came to Bergerac. In the evening of the following day, the Englifh made their arrangements, and at fun-rife, all thofe who were ordered to attack the town, and the fleet, were quite ready, under the command of the lord Stafford. There were many knights and fquirei who had requeued to be on this expedition, in hopes of preferment, as well as a body of archers. They advanced in hafte, and came to fome large round piles placed before the palifades, which they flung down. The townfraen, feeing this, went to the count de Lifle, the lords, knights and fquires who were prefent, and faid to them, € Gentlemen, we pray you to take heed what you are about ; for we run a great rilk of being ruined. If the town be taken, we fhall lofe all we have, as weil as our lives : it will there fore be much better that we fur^ render it to the earl of Derby, before we fuffer more damage/ The count replied, c We will go* to that part where you fay the danger is; for we will not confent to furrender it fo eafily/ The Gafcon knights and fquires eame, therefore, to de-fend the palifades ; but the archers, who were in the barks, kept up fo quick an attack with their arrows, that none dared to fhew themfelves, unlef* they çhofe to .run the rifk of being killed or wounded. In the town, there were with the Gafcons two or three ljuadred Genoefe crofs-bowmoq, whofe ai% piouf 58


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