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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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country, near tit fea-Coift, where they did what-ever they pfcafed, for there were none to oppofe them. They advanced until they cime to à confideràble and wealthy town called Cherbourg*, tfhiéh they burnt and pillaged in part; but they could not conquer the caftle, as it was too ftroug, and well garrifoned with men at arms : they therefore paffed on, and came before Montebourg, near Valognes, which they pillaged and then fet fire to it. In this manner did they plunder and burn a great many town? in that country: and acquired fo much riches that it would have been difficult to have counted their wealth. They afterwards marched to a very confiderable town, and well inclofed, called Caren-tanf, which had a ftrong caftle, garrifoned by a number of foldièrs. Thofe lords that were on board the fleet then difembarked with their people, and made a vigorous attack upon it; which, when the townfmen perceived, Aiey were fearful of lofing their own lives, as well as thofe of their wives and children, and opened the gates to them, in fpite of the men at arms and foldiers that were within the town. They voluntarily offered the Englilh all they had, thinking it beft for their advantage. The men at arms, finding the inhabitants deter-mined to admit the Englilh, retired into the fortrefs, which was very ftrong ; and the Englifh entered the town ; but, not thinking it right to leave fo • Diocefe of Coutances. t About thrct leagues from the fern, diocefe of Coiitances. ftrong 128


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