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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 143



feaf of them ; for they attacked both French and Navarrois, preffing efpecially the people of Mante Very hard. When the lord de Boucicaut left Paris, though he made it be underftood he was going to that part of the country, neverthelefs he miffed taking the right road to Roulleboife. He waited, therefore, for fir Bertrand du Guefclin and his army, who a fhort time before had made an * excurfion to Evreux *, and held a parley with the inhabitants of that city ; but, inftead of opening their gates to him, they feverely attacked him with ftones, &c. : he re-treated, and made for the marfhal, who had halted for him in a road not far from Roulleboife. Upon muttering their forces, they found they were full five hundred men at arms. Thefe two captains had a long conference together, upon the belt means of fubfifting themfelves, and what would be the fureft method of gaining the town of Mante, their principal objeft. They determined that the lord de Boucicaut, with one hundred of his knights only, fhoùld ride to Mante, and feign themfelves to be much frightened, crying out that the garrifon of Roulleboife was in purfuit of them, and begging, that they wquld give them admittance. If they confented, they were to feize the gates, and fir Bertrand would direâly follow with the remainder of the army : they would then be mafters of the * Evreux*—an ancient city of Normandy. Its bifhop is fufFragan to the archbifhop of Rouen. VOL. III. K place. 129


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