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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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lives before the town can be deftroyéd, which may put a Hop to your expedition to Calais, and it will not redound to your honour : therefore be fparing of your men, for in a month's time you will have call for them ; as it cannot otherwife happen, but that your adverfary king Philip, muft foon come to give you battle, and you may meet with many difficulties, afiaults and lkirmi£aes, thatwill find full employment for the number of men you have, and even more, if we could get them. We are com-plete mafters of the town without any more flaugh-ter ; and the inhabitants, and all they poffefs, are at our difpofal/ The king replied : ( Sir Godfrey, you are our marlhal ; therefore order as you pleafe ; for this time, we wilh not to interfere.' Sir Godfrey then rode through the ftreets, his banner difplayed before him, and ordered, in the king's name, that no one Ihould dare, under pain of immediate death,' to infult or hurt man or wo-man of the town, or attempt to fet fire to any part •f it. , Several of the inhabitants, on hearing this pro-clamation, received the Englilh into their houfes ; and others opened iheir coffers to them, giving up their all, fince they were affured of their lives. However, there were, jn fpite of thefe orders, many atrocious thefts and murders committed. The Englilh continued mafters of the town for three days : in this time, they athaffed great wealth, which they lent in barges, down the river of Eftre-ham, to St. Sauveur., two leagues off, where their fleet 138


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