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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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fparing of his men and artillery ; but faid, he would remain there fo long that he would ftarve the town , ijpito a furrender, unlefs the king of France Ihould come there to raife the fiege. When the governor of Calais faw the prepara-tions of the king of England, he collected together x all the poor inhabitants, who had not laid in any ftore of provifions, and, one Wednefday morning, fent upwards of feventeen hundred men, women and children, out of the town. As they were palling through the Englilh army, they alked them, why they had left the town ? They replied, Becaufe they had nothing to eat. The kiog, upon this, allowed them to pafs through in fafety, ordered them a hearty dinner, and gave to each two fieri ings, as charity and alms, for which many of them prayed earneftly for the king. CHAP. CXXXIL THE DUKE OF NORMANDY RAISES THE SIEGE OF AIGUILLON. ' ^HE duke of Normandy, whom we left before Aiguillon, which he was belieging, and fir Walter Manny and the other knights who were within it, made, about the middle of Auguft, a fkirmiih before the caftle, which increafed fo, much that almoft his whole army was engaged in il Near about this time, the lord Philip of Burgundy, earl of Artois and of Boulogne, and coufin-german to the duke, arrived. He was a very young kaight : as 175


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