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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 299



THE TOWN OF ARDUES SURRENDERS TO T.HE FRENCH. THE DEATHS OF THE CÀPTAL DE BUCH AND OF THE QUEEN OF FRANCE. 1X7HILE thefe things were parting fir Hugh Calverley governor of Calais, fir John Harleftone governor of Guines, and the Jord de Gommegines governor of Ardres, made very fre-quent excurfions into Picardy ; three or four in every week. They advanced often before St. Orner, Arques, Mouton, Fiennes, " and the towns m that neighbourhood, as well as to Boulogne and near to Terouenne, which were particularly molefted by the garrifon of Ardres. Complaints of them had ' frequendy been made to the king of France. On afking how this was to be prevented, he was arrfwered, f Sire, the garrifon of Ardres is not fo ftrong but it may be won/ The king re-plied, * Have it then we will, whatever it may coft us.' He foon after ifllzed a fecrct furrimons, and it was not gueflèd to what part he intended fending this army, of which he made the duke of Burgundy general. There were in it twenty-five hundred lances of good ' and hardy men. They marched fuddenly to the caftle of Ardres,' k which they invefted* With the duke of Burgundy were the count de Guines, the marihal de Blainville, the lords de Clifton and de la Val, de Rougemont, de la Riviere, CHAP. LX. 287


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