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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.3

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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.3
page 38



During this fiege of Rheims, the earls, barons-and great lords were quartered in the neighbour-hood, as you have before heard, in order to prevent any provifion being, carried into that city. Among them was fir Bartholomew Burgherfh, a great baron of England : he and his fuite, with his company of archers and men at arms, were lodged near Cor-micy, where there is a very handfome caftle belong-ing to the archbifhop of Rheims, who had put into it^the knight before mentioned, with many good companions, to guard it againft their enemies. They were far from fearing any attack 5 for the caftle had a large fquare tower, whofe walls were very thick, and it was well furnifhed with arms of defence. When fir Bartholomew had furrounded this caftle, and, by well reconnoitering its ftrength, found he could not take it by aflault, he ordered a number of miners, whom he had with him in his pay, to get themfelves ready and do their duty in undermining the fortrefs, when he would reward them handfotnely : upon which they replied, they would cheerfully undertake it. The miners immediately broke ground, and, having lodged themfelves in their mine, worked night and day ; infomuch that they advanced fair under the great tower ; and, as they pufhed forward, they propped up the work, that thofe within knew nothing of it. When they had thus completed their mine fo that they could throw down the tower when they chofe, they came to fir Bartholomew Burgherfh, and faid to him} * Sir, we have carried our works fo far tha


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