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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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caap. if. . -ttl JOHN CHANDOS COMBS TO THE ASSISTANCE OF THE MARL OF PEMBROKE, IES1101D Itf PUIRENON. T1ETWEEN fix aid nine o'clock, after the heat ^ of the attack, the French, indignant that the Englifh had made fo long a defence, feet orders to all the villagers thereabouts to bring pick-axes and mattocks to undermine the walls, which was what the Englifh were moft afraid of. The earl of Pembroke called one of his own fquires, and faid to htm ; -f My friend, mount a horfe, ami fally out from the back gate, where they wi§ piake way for you, and ride as fait as poffible to Poitiers to fir John Chandos, to tell him ourfitu-arion and the imminent danger we are in : recom-mend roe to him by this token.* He then took oft his finger a rich ring of gold, adding, f Give him this from me : he will know it well again/ The fquire, who thought himfelf much honoured by fhis commiflion, took the ring, mounted the beft courfer he could find* and fet off by the bacij gate during the attack, for they opened it for him. He took the road to Poitiers ; and, whilft he was making all the hafte he could, the affault was car-ried on warmly by the Fr^ ich, and as vigoroufly oppbfed by the Englifh : indeed, it behoved them fb to do. . . * We


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