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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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the fame fort and with the fame Intentions, ad-vanced towards Avignon, faying they would go and vifit the pope and the cardinals, in order to have fome of their money ; otherwife they fhould be well vexed. They waited in that neighbourhood td receive the amount of the ranfoms for the prifoners taken at Brignais, as well as to fee if the peace that had been made between the two kings was likely to be Iafting. • - In their route to Avignon, they took towns, caftles and forts ; for nothing could (land before them. The whole country was in an alarm ; for in thofe parts they had not had any war, and the guards did not know how to defend or keep their ftrong holds againft fuch mer\ at arms. Thefe companions got information, that at the Pont du St. Efprit *, feven leagues from Avignon, there was very great wealth j and that ail the riches pi the country thereabouts had been carried thither, as to a place of fafety, trufting to the ftrei\gth of its caftle. • They therefore • consulted together,. and agreed th*t if they could get poffeffion of this town * Pont du St. Efprit,—a town of lower Languedoc» en the Rhône* dipcefe and receipt of Uzes ; fo called from one of the moft beautiful bridges in Europe built over the Rhône, in the road from Montpellier to Paris. It is probable thnt the town of Pont St. Efprit was taken twice ; for a çhronicJç, written in the reign of king John adores m pofitivcly, * que les compagnons qui etoient fortis de la France, et qui fe faifoient appeler la grand compagnie/ fook poffeffion of the town and caille of St. Efprit on Inno-cent's day 1360.—Chronique, MSS. Roi Jean, BtbTiot. dm £44, No. 8è


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