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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
page 315



and all in it in his power; and immediately ordered reinforcements to the aflault. Some of the wifeft thought that they might ufe lances and arrows for ever in vain ; and therefore they ordered cannons to be brought forward, and alfo aqueraux*, to fire le feu gregûisf into the lower court of the caftie, fo that it was all in a blaze. The ire increafed fo much that it gained a large tower wjhich was covered with thatch. When thofe within the caftie found that they muft either furrender themfelves or perifli by fire, the lord of Craon, the lord of Boucicault, and the hermit of Chaumont came down from the caftie, and furrendered themfelves to the prince, who made them ride and attend. him, as his prifoners : many other knights and fquiresx who were in the caftie were fet at liberty, and the caftie was de* flroyed., *' * Jqueraulx. In du Cange, this paflage is referred to as the authority for the word : he calls it machina belli. • t Feu gregois, or feu grecquois, was couipoiM of fuipbnr, naphtha, pitch, gum, and bitumen. It is only cxtinguifhable by vinegar mixed with fand or urine, or by raw Itides. It was -firft ufedsby the Greeks, about the year 660.—For further ac-counts, fee Encyclopaedia Britannica, word Fire. CKAP. 300


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