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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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not imagine Sir Bertrand would carry the war into any part of his property. He came before St. Yrier *, where there were not pny gentlemen that knew how to defend it -, and the inhabitants were fo frightened, they furrendered themfelves under the obedience of the duchefs dowager of Brittany, in whofe name the war was made. The Bretons formed St. Yrier jnto a confiderable garrifon ; by which means they took many other towns in Li-moulin. But let us return to the prince. . Thé prince of Wales remained about a month, and not more, before the city of Limoges : he would not allow of any aflaults or flcirmifhing, but kept his miners fteadily at work. The knights in the town perceived what they were about, and made countermines to deftroy them ; but they failed in their attempt. When the miners of the prince (who, as they found themfelves counter-mined* kept changing the line of direftion of their own mine) had finiflied their bufinefs, they came to the prince, and faid ; c My lord, we are ready, and will throw down, whenever you pleafe, a very large part of the wall into the ditch, through the breach of which you may enter the town.at your cafe and without danger/ This news was very agreeable to the prince, who replied, * I wi(h then that youjd prove your words to-morrow morning at fix o'clock/ The miners fet fire to the combuftibles in the mine; and on the morrow morning, as they had foretold • St. Yrier,—a village in Limouiin, election of Tulles. the 102


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