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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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Hefdin*, where he deftroyed the outworks, and burnt the houfes within them; but he did not enter tbe town or caftie. The king of France, on hearing this news of the Englilh, iffued out his fummons for an army to-affemble at Amiens, and marched towards the king of England, who had retreated to Calais. The king of France advanced as far as St. Omer, whence he fent to inform the king of England, by the marfhal d'Authain, and many other knights, that he was willing to give him battle, either in fingle combat, or with his army, any day he would 1 cboofe to name ; but the king of England refufed fhe combat, and croffed the fea for England. The king of France returned to Paris. In this fame year, about St. Andrew's day, the king of France fummoned all the prelates, chapters, barons, and citizens of the principal towns, to Paris, when he laid before them, through his chancellor^ in the chamber of parliament, the ftate of the war, and requefted of them to confult together on what aids they could grant that fhould be fufficient to enable him to carry it on. And becaufe the king bad heard that his fubjefts complained of being much aggrieved by the alteration in the coin, he offered to coin money that fhould be good and weighty, if they would grant him other fupplies fufficient to enable him to purfue the war. Upon which they anfwered, that is to fay, the clergy * A ftrong town in Artois, on the Canche, twenty*two leagues from Calm/ by m


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