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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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«Souri, otie of his matflials, had thé eotdmàiid of ttrà tan-guard*-with five hundred men at arms, and about thirteen hundred archers; By accident; ho fell in with a large party of the citizens of Amien* on horfcback, \Vho were going to king Philip at Paris, in obedience to his fummons. He»imme^ diately attacked them with thofe under his com-mand ; but they made a good defence, as titef were very numerous and well armed, and had fourlcnigbts " from Amiens with them. This engageront tailed a iéng time, and many were flain at the onfet ;rbt/l #t laft thofe from Amiens were Overthrown; killed or taken prifoners. . . • I ; The EnglifK feized all their baggage and âcfhs, -and found many valuables ; for they were going t* the king excellently vtell equipped, and had but juft quitted their city. Twelve hundred were left dead on tfce fpot. . * : . - , The king of England entered the country erf «Beauvais, deflrpying .all the flat country, and took .up his quarters in a rich abbey called St: Meffieri, near to Beau vais,* where he lodged one nighf. The morrow as he was on his march j he by chance turned his head round, and faw the abbey all in .flames t upon which he inftantly ordered twenty df thofe who fiad fet fire to it to be hung, as he had vmoft ftri&ly forbidden, that any church* fhould be violated, or monaflery fet on fire. He pafled dear ' Beauvais without attacking it, for he was anxious to -be as careful of his men and artillery as poflible, a$d * A city in the iûe of France, iixteeu leagues from Paris; Voi.. II. L . took 145


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