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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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ttkoé men in arms, including cavalry and infantry. ' Thofe within vrere obliged to defend themfelves againft this army two or three times every day, and moft commonly from nôon until eve" without ceaf-îng ; for there were continually pouring upcfci them . frelh forces, Genoefe or ^others, who gavé thêta no repofe. The chiefs of the French army found they could liever attack, with advantage; the fortrefs, unlefsthey paffed the river, which was wide and deep : the duke, therefore, ordered a bridge to be conftructed, that they might crofs it : three hundred workmen were employed at this bridge, who Worked day tfrid night. As foon as the knights who were in Aiguillon per-ceived that this bridge was nearly £nilhed, and that one half of it was completed, they prepared three veffels, in which they embarked, and, driving away the workmen and guards, inftantly deftroyed what * had taken fo much time to make. The lords of France, feeing this, got ready other veflels to attack them, in which they placed a num-ber of men at arms, Genoefe crofs-bowmen and in-fantry, and ordered the workmen to continue their* works, under the fupport of thefe guards. When thefe workmen were thus employed, fir Walter Manny, and fome of his companions, em-harked about noon, and, dafhing upon them, made them quit their work and run off: he foon deftroy-ed all that they had done. This kind of ikirmifh mm continued daily ; but at laft the French fent iuch large detachments to guard the workmen* that 116


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