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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 458



Wtmbets, all tried teen, with plenty of provifion, **d artillery to defend' themfeives. The befiegers legan to grow weary, notwithstanding they aâed much to their honour, for they confldered that their e*penfes were greater than the conqueft they were attempting was worth. After holding a council, to confider by what means they could the fooner bring this bufinefs to an end, they determined to arm all their people by four o'clock in the morning, and to keep them in their quarters, fending a part of them to fkirmifh wkh the garrifon as ufual : for the garrifom were fo eager for thefe combats, they would frequently piarch mto. the open fields to engage in them. The Englifh ordered their party to make a feii*t, arid ta retreat by degrees towards thçir own anny, as if thçy were defeated, in order to draw them further oqt,and then a body of cavalry was to fally forth, and, by getting between them and the toi», prer •pat them fropa entering it again. The plan was adopted $ for they {ait}* if t^ey could npt win the place by this means, they fhould not eafily gain lU Op the paorrow jnoming t^ey sprped tfremfeWes, and fent two hundred to {fcirsaifli vith th* garrifon. When the companies in JJourdeilJes, $nd « their ttptstin* Ernaudon and JJeiwrdin, f*w thçra vp* prfiacbi they were very much rejoiced, and quickly made themfeives and their men ready. There might be about feven fcore young men, a&ive fol-diers, who, having ordered the gate to be thrown quite open, advanced to their barriers, and met the Englifh 444


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