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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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the bridge of Nieullet. The French, therefore, were prevented from advancing thither, unlets they attempted eroding the marflies between Sangate and the fça, which were impalpable. There was alfo, nearer to Calais, a high tower, which *w as guarded by thirty archers from England ; and they had fortified it with double ditches, as a ftronger defence of the paflage over the downs. When the French had taken up their quarters on the hill of Sangate, thofe from Tournay, who might amount to about fifteen hundred men, advanced toward? this tower : the garrHbn (hot at them, and wounded fome ; but the med of Tournay croffed the ditches, and reached the foot of the tower with pick-axes and bars. The engagement was then very (harp ; and many of the Tournay-men were killed and wounded; but, m the end, the tower was taken and thrown down, and all that were within it put to the fword. The king of France fent his* two marihals, the lord of Beaujeu and the lord of St. Venant, to ex-amine the country, and lee where the army could pafs, in order to fight with the Engliih : but, aftei they had well examined all the paffes, they returned and told the king there was not any poffibility of doing it, but with infinite lofs of men. Things remained in this ftate, that day and the following night ; but on the morrow, after the king of France had heard mafs, he fent to the king of England the Tord Geoffry de Chargny, the lord Euftace de Ri-beaufiiont, fir Guy de Nefle and the lord of Êeau-jeu, who, as they rode along, obferved how ftrongly ail 318


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