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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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ist ... Trinity. The Caftle is fitu*ted m crap fide of the town : it is the handfbmeft in all Normandy: god'fir Robert de Blargny was governor, with a garrifon.of three hundred Genoefe. : In the heart of the town was the earl'of En and of Guignes, the conftable of France, and the earl •of Tancarville, with a crowd of men at arms. The king rode on.very prudently ; and, having united his three battalions, he took up his quarters, for that night, in the fields, two fliort leagues from Caen, near a town called Eftreham*, where there is a haven. He ordered the earl of Huntington, whom he bad made admiral of his fleet, to fail for that place. The conftable of France, and the othef lords who were afiembled in Caen, watched it well that night; and, on the morrow, they armed them-felves, and all the inhabitants. After they were drawn outi the conftable and the earl of Tancarville Ordered that no one Ihould leave the town, but • fliould guard well the bridge, the gates, and the river. They gave up the fuburbs to the Englifli, becaufe they were not inclofed; ahd they thought they Ihould find fufficient employment to guard the • town, which was only defended by the river. The townfmen, however, laid, they would march out into the plains, as they were in fufficient force to fight with the Englilh. When the conftable per-ceived their willingnefs, he f*id, f It . fhall be fo then ; but, in Gad's name, you lhall not fight "" - * 1 i « I i •» . * Efteham,—diocefe of Bajeui, at the mouth of the me* Orae, four leagues from Caen. # . ' Without


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