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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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and to found his intentions, who aufwered them by ordering them to the battlements, for that he had provifion of every fort in fufficiency to hold out for half a year, if it were neGeflary. They left him in apparent good humour ; but, about the time of vefpers, they feized him, and clofely confined him; affuripg him, at the fame time, he fliould never be fet at liberty, if he did not affift them to make fome terms with the earl of Derby. When he had fworn that lie would do every thing in his power, they let him go : he went direétly to the barriers of the town, and made figns that he wilhed to fpeak with the earl of Derby. Sir Walter Manny, being prc-fent, caYne to the governor, who faid to him, ' Sir Walter Manny, you ought not to be furprifed if we fliut our gates againft you, for we have fworn fealty to the king of France ; but not perceiving any one coming from him to ftop your career, and believing that you will ftill proceed further : for thefe reafons, in behalf of myfelf and the inhabit* ants of this town, we wifh you would allow us thefe terms, • namely, that no hoftilities be carried on againft us for the fpace of one month ; and if in that time the king of France, or the duke of Nor-mandy, come into this country in fuch force as to give you battle, we then fhall hold oprfelvës fre* from our engagement; but if neither of them come, we will then enter under the obedience of the king of England.* Sir Walter Manny wept to relate this propofal to the earl of Derby, who acceded to it, upon condi-tion that there fliould not in the mean time be any repairs Ï8


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