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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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fear, and, by valiantly fighting, drove fhe com* panions far back, even within the barriers. When they were% in that fituation, the combat became more hot : many were killed and wounded on both fides. It would have been very hard with the com-panies, if the governor had not ordered all the townf-people to take arms and affift, to the utmoft of their power, thofe who were attached to the fervice of their prince. The inhabitants immediately took to their arms,, and united themfelves with the companies in the fray. Even the women, having colle&ed ftones, afcended their garrets, whence they flung fo many on the ' French that they had fufficient employment in fliield-ing themfelves from them, and by wounding many made them retreat. The companions, upon this, toftk courage (for they had been fo*- a confiderable time in great peril), and boldly attacked the French. Many as gallant deeds were performed by captures and refcues as had been feen for fome time, though the companies were but few in comparifon of the French : every man exerted himfelf to do his duty well, and to drive the enemy by force out of the town. It happened, that during this engagement, the baftard de Breteuil and Nandon de Bagerant, with about four hundred men whom they commanded, entered the back way into the town. They had marched.all night with the greateft expedition 5 fat they had had information how the Fjench were be* fieging their comrades in Montauban. The battle, was now renewed with feefh vigour \ and the French were


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