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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
page 150



./Having left a fofficient guard oVer them, fa* mounted fais faorfe, rode through the ftreets, and prevented many a&s of crueltyas did. alfo other knights and fquires, to whom feveral of the citizens owed their lives, and many a nun was prote&ed from violation by their interference. It was fortunate for the Englilh, that it was ebb t tide in the river, which carries large veffels, and the water very iiill, fo that they could pafs and re* pafs it without any danger from the bridge. Thofe inhabitants who had taken refuge in the garrets flung down from them, in thefe narrow ftreets, ftones, benches and whatever they could lay hands on; fo that they killed and wounded upwards of five hundred of the Englilh, which fo enraged the king of England, when he received the ' reports in the evening, thpt he ordered the re-mainder of the inhabitants to be put to the fword^ find the town burnt. But fir Godfrey de Harcourt faid to him : f Beat fir, aifuage fomewhat of your anger, and be fatis* lied with what has already been done. You have a long journey yet to make before you arrive at Calais, whither it is your intention to go : and there-qxe in this town a great number of inhabitants, who will defend themfelves obflinately in their houfes, if you force them to it : befides, it will coft you many yice, gave him a lordfhip \n the^cpunty of Chefter, called Hanlcy, which the faid fir Peter Legh doth now poflefj, as fuccefTor and heir to his auceflor, the forefaid Peter Legh, to whom it wis fo firft given.'—HOLLINGSHED. ' * lives 137 , .


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