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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 415



venged for the murder of their companions and the infults they themfelves had fuftained. They firft Jen't a challenge to the Parifians, and then made wai* upon them, cutting off aad flaying all thofe who iffued out of the town, fo that no one dared to ven-ture beyond the gates. • The provoft of the merchants was, upon this, required to arm a part of the commonalty, and take the field, for they were defirous of fighting thefe Engliih. - He complied with their requeft, and faid he #ould accompany them. He armed, therefore, ,a body of the Parifians, and marched out, to the number of twelve hundred, who, when they were in the plains, were informed that the Engliih they were in fearch of were in the neighbourhood of St. Cloud. Upon this intelligence, they divided them-felves in two bodies, and took feparate roads. Thefe two parties were on their march all that day round Montmartre, but did not meet their enemies. It chanced that the provoft had the fmalleft divi-fidn, and, after fearching all about, entered Paris by St. Martin's gate, without having done any thing. The other divifion, who were ignorant of the return of the provoft, kept the field until vefpers, when they began tfyeir retreat, but without any re-gular order, like thofe who did not look for or ex-peél any hindrance. They came back in crowds quite fatigued ; fome carried their helmets in their hands, others flung them round their necks ; fome dragged their fwords after them on the ground, while others hung theirs on their flioulders. They had taken their road fo as to enter Paris by the gate of 400


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