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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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- . 129 " completely repaired by mafons in the neighbour-hood : he victualled the place, and fopplied it well with all forts of artillery. CHAP. XXVII. THE DUKE.OF LANCASTER DISBANDS HIS ARMY, AND RETURNS TO BOUR DE AUX. THE LORD DE PONS TURNS TO THE FRENCH PARTY. - A FTER the conqueft of Mont-paon, when the * ^ duke of Lancafter had reinforced it with good men at arms and captains, he broke up his camp, i and difbanded his army. Each therefore went to his own home, and the duke returned to Bour-deaux. The Poitevins retreated to their couptry, and the Gafcons to their towns and caftle s ; but the free companies difperfed themfelves over the whole principality, where they did as much mif-chief to friends as enemies. The duke winked at this, and fuffered them to aft as they pleafed, be-. caufe he thought he might foon have a frefh occafion for their fervices ; more efpecially as the war at that moment was much more opprefïïve in Poitou, without comparifon, than any where elfe. The French kept a large garrifon in the caftle of Montcontour, four leagues diftant from Thou-ars, and fix from Poitiers, which was commanded' by fir Peter de Guerfille and Jourdain de Cou-longue. They daily harafled the country, either about Thouars or about Poitiers, and greatly da-. VOL. IV. ' . K • . maged


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