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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
page 170



" ftrokes, that none dared to come near unlefs he were well armed and Melded j but the fhowcrs of ftones; lead and iron bars annoyed them exceed-ingly, and in this firft engagement feveral knights and fquires were feverery wounded. The Rochellcrs faw plainly the whole of this engagement, but never offered to advance to the affiftance of their countrymen, leaving them to Ihift for themfelves. This battle lafted until night, when each party feparated and caft their ancohrs : but the Englifh loft two barges of provifion, and all thofe in them were flain. Sir John Harpedon, who at that time was fénéfchal of la Rochelle, employed himfelf all the night in entreating the inhabitants, the mayor, John Chauderon, and the others to arm themfelves, and to draw out the commonalty, and embark in the veffels and barges which were lying on the ihore, in order to aflift and aid their fellow-fob-jcéh whom they had fcen fo valoroufly defend themfelves. The inhabitants, however, who had no inclination fo to do, excufed themfelves by faying they had their town to guard ; that they were not feamen, nor accuftomed to fight at fêa, nor with the Spaniards j but that, if the battle had been on fhore, they would very willingly have complied with his requeft. •' The bufinefs re-mained in this ftate, and nothing could bring them to change their refolution. At this moment there were in la Rochelle the lord de Tannybouton, fir James de S urge res and fir Maubrun de Linieres, who handfomely ac- '' quitted '158 .


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