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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 217



\ '80S of what they had fworn and fealcd. They re-turned for anfwer, thai they iliould very foon re-tire to Poitiers, when they would put themfelves and their dependencies under the obedience of the king of France, • The lords of France, Satisfied with this anfwer, departed from before Thouars j and the dukés difbanded the greater part of their men. On this feparation, the lord de Cliflbn, with a large body of men at arms, of whom the con-ftable had given him the command, came before Mortaignc fur mer, which at that time was at* tached to the Englifh I An EnglHh fquire, called James Clerk, was governor of the • place, and might have had with him about fixty companions. • When the lord de Cliflbn came before Mor-taigrte, he affaulted it very vigorously : but, though he did not fpare himfelf on the occafion, he gained nothing $ upon which he retreated to his quarters. The governor, who found he ihould be hard pulhed, fent off ftcretly to thofe knights of Gaf-cony and England Who were at Niort, to defire they would come that night to Moraigne; that he would lodge them in his hôtel » and that they might eafily p&fs through the quarters of the French forces, who were but two hundred fight-ing men. Thefe lords fet out from Niort, with five hun-dred lances, and rode all night to arrive at Mor-taigne, for they had a great defire to catch the lord de Cliflbn. But a fpy, who had left Niort with them, having overheard fomc part of their - ' ^ intentions,


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