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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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governor ; c Let us go out, and pafs this fécond gâte, for ray fervant will foon return/ Sir William re-pafled this wicket, and flood clofe by it on the other fide. When the governor had. put one foot through, and had lowered his head, fir William drew out the axe he had under his cloak, and ilruck him fuch a blow that he fplit his head afun-der, and felled hitn dead on the fill of the door. He then went to the firft gate, which he opened. The watch of the caftie had heard with aftonifh-ment tjie fervant's horn, for it had been proclaimed in the city, that no one fhould dare to found a horn, under pain of lofing his hand. He perceived alfo armed men running towards the caftie : upon which he founded his horn, and cried out, ' Trea-fon ! treafon !' Thofé that were in the caftie haftened to the gate, which to their furprife, they found openj the governor lying dead dcrofs it, and fir William, his axe in his hand, guarding the paflage. • The men at arms, who were to affift him, foon arrived, and, having pafied the firft and fécond ' gates, fiercely drove back the garrifon. Several were killed, and as many taken as they chofe. They entered the caille : and in this manner was the ftrong caftie of Evreux retaken: the citi-zens and inhabitants of the1 town immediately, fur-rendered, when they drove out all the French. They fent to inform lord Philip de Navarre of this event, who was but lately returned from Eng-land. . He came immediately to Evreux, fend made it his principal garrifon to carry thé war into the rich 379


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