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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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tatfi it arms that it would have been only loft trouble. They continued their march through the country of the Terouennois, to enter Artois i and, as they, only advanced 'three or four leagues a day on account of their baggage and infantry, they took up their quarters in the large villages at the early hour of mid-day or noom Thus did they advance with their whole army until they came before the city of Arras. The lords and principal captains were lodged in the town of Mount St. Eloy, near Arras, and their army in the environs $ whence they pillaged and ravaged all the country round, as far as they dared to ex-tend themfelves.. 4 The king of France had at this feafon ordered a number of men at arms to the different cities, fortreflès, large towns, caftles, bridges, and fords, to guard and defend thofe which fhould be at-tacked, and which they were not to quit on any account. When fir Robert Knolles had refrefhed himfelf and army for two days, he quitted St. Eloy, and marched. from before Arras in good array. Sir William de Merville and fir Geoffry Urfwell, who were the marfhals of the army, could not refift a wifh to fee thofe of Arras a little nearer. ' They quitted, therefore, the battalion, and advanced with about two hundred lances • and four hundred archers, as far as the barriers of the fuburbs of Arras, which they found well guarded by men at arms and crofs-bows. The lord Charles de Poi-tiers was at that time in the town with madame G 2 d'Artois, - , 83


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