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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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in Yeffels on the fea, that none of the Englifh could venture abroad on horfeback or on foot, to forage, without meeting fome of thefe parties : there were frequent fkirmifkes near the gates and ditches of the town, which never ended without feveral being killed and wounded : fometimes one fide gained the advantage, and fometimes the other. The king of England and his council fiudied night and day, to invent engines more effectually to annoy the town: but the inhabitants were equally alert to deftroy their effeétr, and exerted themfelve* fa much, that they filtered nothing from, them. However, no proviiions could be brought into the place but by Health, and by the means of two ma-riners, who were guides to fuch as adventured : one was named Marant, and the other Meftrie! ; both of them redded in Abbeville. By their means, the town of Calais was frequently vîétualled ; and by their boldnefs they were often in great danger, many times purfued and almoft taken; but they efcaped, and flew and wounded many of the Eng-liih: The fiege lafted all the winter. The king had a great defire to keep on good terms with the muni-cipalities of Flanders, becaufe he thought that thro* them Ijfe fliould the more eafily obtain his end.x He made, therefore, frequent proteftations of frien d'-il to them, arid gave them to underftand, that, after he fliould have fuccëeded at Calais, he would Te-conqtier for them Lifle, Douay, and all their de-pendencies: fc that the .Flemings, believing in fuch promife$, put themfeves in motion, • atiofct the time - that SOI


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