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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.4

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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.4
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m violent, that the Englifh ran to the head-quarter* with great alarm, to inform the earl of Pembroke, lord Thomas Percy, fir Baldwin de Franville and the others, that the French had fuddenljr attacked and furprifed theift. Thefe lords were fbon armed, and, fallying out from their hotels, colle&ed their men together ; but they could not all afiemble, for the numbers of the French were fo confider-able that the Englifh and Poitevins were over-powered j and, in this firft attack* more than one hundred and twenty were killed or made pri-loners. The earl of Pembroke and fome knights had no other remedy but to retire, as quickly as they could, into an unembattled houfe, which belonged to the knights-templars, without a moat, and only enclofed with a ftone-wali Ail who could get there time enough fhut themfelves in: the greater part of the others were (lain or made prifoners, and their arms and horfes taken. The earl of Pembroke loft all his plate. The French, who clofely purfued them, finding thofe who could get together had fhut themfelves up in this houfè, were much rejoiced, faying among themfelves ; 'They muft be our prifoners* for they cannot efcape * and we will make them dearly repay the damages they have done in Anjou and Touraine. ' On which, they advanced to this houfe in regular order, and with a good will to afr fault it : when they were come thither, it was evening : after they had • examined it narrowly on all fides, to fee if it • might he eafily taken, they began the attack, in which were performed many gallant


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