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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 245



The conftable faid, he was not of that opinion. Thus did the bufinefs remain ; and the herald re-turned to the earl of SalHbury and the knights be-fore Breft, who, when they found they could not gain any thing, and that the hoftagçs were not fent back, were exceedingly vexed: • they, however, re-mained ftçadily before the place, without moving, until the appointed day was paflèd, and thçn per-ceiving the conftable would not advance to fight with them, they entered Breft, which they gready reinforced and rç-victualled. The conftable, finding thç Englifh were not likely to come to offer him battle, marched off, carrying with him the Englifli hoftages as pri-foners, and faid, the Fngljih had not kept what they had bound themfelves to perform *« After * My MS. has the following additions : « The herald» on receiving hi* ki ineJ&ge, returned to his lords before Breft, who held a council on it. * Shortly after this, the conftable, the duke of Bourbon, the count d* Alençon, the lords de Cliflbn and de Laval, with the Other barons and knights, amounting to four thoufand lances and twenty thoufand other men, marched te within one day's journey of Breft, where having ftrongly encamped themfelves, they fent to let the Englifli know they were now on the fpot where the treaty had been concluded, and if they would march thither they would be combated ; otherwife they would lofe their hoftages. The earl of Salisbury, on learning this, found the French were tricktfh and had not any real intention of fighting, fo that he returned for anfwer by his own herald, who accom-panied the French herald, that if the conftable would advance two-thirds of the way, they would on foot perform the other third; £33


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