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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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armed, with banners flying,, by.moon-light ; fo that it was a beautiful fight to fee their gallant. army. When thofe in Calais perceived them, from the • walls, pitching their tents, they thought it had been a new liege. CHAP. CXUIU THE KING OF ENGLAND GUARDS ALL THE PASSES " ROUND CALAIS, SO THAT THE KING OF FRANCS CANNOT APPROACH TO RAISE THE SIEGE. J WILL now relate what the Icing of England had done, and was doing, when he faw with what a prodigious force the king of France was come to raife the lege of Calais, which had cod him fo much money and labour; He knew that the town was fo nearly familhed, that it could hold out but a very Jhort time : therefore, it would have forelj hurt him, to have been forced at that time to raife it. He confidered, that the French could neither approach his army nor the town of Calais but bj two roads : the one by the downs, along the fea-(hore ; the other higher up the country, which,, however, was full of ditches and bogs ; and there was but one bridge, called the bridge of Nieullet, by which they could be croffed. He polled, there-fore, his fleet along the (hore, as near as he could to the downs, and provided it with plenty of every warlike engine; fo that the French could not pafs that way. He fent the earl of Derby, with a fulfi-cient force of men at apms and archers, to guard 3 % ' the 217


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