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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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1J0 place. Should this plan fail, they did not fee by wha# other means they could gain it. The council being diffolved, the lords kept the fecret among themfelves. The lord de Boucicaut fet out, according to their plan, and took the road to Mante : fir Bertrand went with the reft of the troops another road, but placed himfelf and men in ambufli not far from the town. When the lord de Boucicaut was near to Mante, he and his troop feparated, like to people that had been beaten and were purfued. The marfhal at-tended only by ten others, (followed, however, by the reft at a fmall diftance) came to the barricadoes of the town, and cried out, * Hollo, good people of Mante, open your gates, I beg of you, and let us come in ; for the thieves of Roulleboife have difcom-fited us, and are now at our heels/ c Who are you ?' afked thofe whom he had addreffed. ml I am, gentlemen, the lord de Boucicaut, marfhal of France,, whom the duke of Normandy had fent againft Roul* leboife : but thofe rogues there have beaten us, and made us fly, whether willing or not ; and they will capture me and ray people unlefs you open your gates to us.* The people of Mante, thinking he had faid nothing-but truth, replied ; c Sir, we knotv well that thofe in Roulleboife are our enemies as well as yours, and that it is indifferent to them on which party they make war: on the other hand, the duke of î^ormandy hates us, on account of our attach-ment to the king of Navarre our lord ; we are there-


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