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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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fword, that he tumbled into the ditch, and broke his neck. In fuchwife died this knight. The fame fate attended a fquire from Britjtany, who bore for his arms two chevrons gules, che-quered with or, argent, and azur. This vexed the conftable fo much that he ordered the affal-ants ta be reinforced, and the fight continued with more vigour than before. The lord de Mucident proved himfelf an able knight, and (hewed he was indeed a Frenchman from the manner in which he affaulted. The town of Duras was taken by ftorm, and the firft perfons who entered it were fir Triftan de Rôye and fir John de Rofay. When the men at arms in Duras faw that the town muft be loft, they retreated into the caftle, leaving the reft to its fate. Thus was Duras taken, and all found in it were put to death. The men at arms retired to their quarters, where they difarmed themfelves, and took their eafc, having plenty of provifion with them. On the morrow morning, the conftable of France, attended by the marfhal, mounted their horfes, and rode to the caftle to reconnoitre, and fee on which fide they could beft attack it. Hav-ing well examined it, they found it was marvel-loufly ftrong, and faid, that without a very long fiege, it would not be eafily taken : on their re-turn, they related this to the duke of Anjou. € Tâat does not fignify/ replied the duke, c for I have faid and fworn, that I would not ftir from hence until I fhould have this caftle under " mjr obedience.*


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