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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
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CHAP. CCX1II. THE LORD JAMES BE BOURBON AND HIS ARMY ARE DEFEATED BY THESE FREEBOOTING COMPANIES. THE POPE ORDERS A CROISADE TO BE PRO-CLAIMED, AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN THE PONT DU 8T. ESPRIT, AND FINDS MEANS TO GET RID OF THEM. 'J'HE men at arms, aflembled under the lord James de Bourbon, were in the city of Lyon upon the Rhône, when they heard that thefe com-panies were approaching in great ftrength, and had taken by affault the town and caftle of Brignais, a* well as feverai others, and were pillaging and ruin-ing the whole country. This was very unpleafant news to the lord James, who had taken the management of the eftates of the county of Foretz for his nephews, as well as to all the other chiefs. They immediately took the field, and were a numerous body of men at arms, knights and fquires. They fent out their fcouts for intelligence refpe&ing thefe companies, to know where they were, that they might find them. I muft now mention the grand trick which thefe free companies played. They were encamped upon a high mountain*, on the fummit of which there # A high mountain.—Deny* Sauvage has written a long note to FAY, that he had vifited this fpot IN iç;8, and that it bought not to be called a high mountain, for IT was but a hillock. This Froiffart himfelf allows in the following lines, WHERE the fcouts call IT A * tertre.' D. Sauvage fays, the place correfponds to the defcription, and that different WEAPONS hare BEEN found IN the adjoining grounds. . - ; 7 , was 79


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