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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 438



CHAP. CCLVII. THE CONSTABLES OF FRANCE AND OF HAINAULT UNDERTAKE A GRAND EXPEDITION TO ATTACK ARDRES. THE FORTRESS OF REALVILLE IS TAKEN, AND ALL THE ENGLISH WHO WERE Itf IT PUT TO THE SWORD. ^HE knights of Picardy, about this period, were preparing a grand expedition of men at arms, with the intention of paying a vifit to thofe of Ar-dres *. Sir John Moreau de Fiennes, conftable of France, and fir John Werthin, conftable t of Hain-ault, were appointed, by order of the king of France, the leaders of it. Their rendezvous was in the good town of St. Omer. They amounted in the whole, to a thoufand lances, knights and fquires. Thefe men at arms advanced, to fhew their array, before the fort of Ardres, which was well garrifoned with Englifh. They encamped there, and gave out that they intended to lay fiege to it. The Englifh in Ardres were not alarmed, but made every necef-fary preparation to defend themfelves, if they fhould be attacked. dera, to which I refer for further particulars. The ling of Navarre, when returned to Cherbourg, fent other ambafTa-dors to England, as their pafTport in the Fcedera is dated the ift December, ;37©. * Ardre s j—a ftrong town in Picardy, four leagues fronrç Calais. Near this place was held the famous inter?iew be-tween Henry VIII and Francis I. f Sir John Werthin, or Verchjn, conftable. He was be-fore fénéfchai. ' / One 4H


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