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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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gallant deeds of arms, for the French were in great numbers, and were all well tried men. They made different attempts on this houfe, which was very ftrong, and gave the earl of Pem-broke and his men enough to do ; for the Englifh, being fo few, laboured hard to defend themfelves, is it wms to them of the grcatcft oonfequence. Scaling ladders were brought, and fixed againft the walls, which fame bold adventurers mounted, with their ftiiclds over their heads to flicker them-felves from Hones and arrows ; but when they were got to tfie top they had done nothing, for they found there, ready to receive them, knights, fquires, men at anus* with lances and fwords, With wMcfc they handfomely fought band to hand, and made thon «defetnd much quicker than they had mounted. Add to this, that there were Englifli archers intermixed with thefe men at arms, at two feet diftance on the walls, who fliot fo well that the French beneath fufFered much. The Englifli continued under confiant alarm, repelling thefe attacks until night, when the French, tired with fighting and * fatigue, founded their trumpets for the • retreat, faying they had done enough for one day, but that they would return to the attack on the morrow * adding, that, as they could not efcape from them, they would ftarve them to furrender. They returned to their quar-ters in high Spirits, and made merry, having placed a ftrong guard in front of the houfe to be more fecupe of their cnimies. • • It 13


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