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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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hand, and entered the caftle followed by his men without any oppofition. When they had all entered, they haftened to the great tower where fir Robert Boynton fiept, and began to cut down the door of it with the axes they had brought. The governor was fuddenly awakened : he had fiept all the night, and kept but a poor watch, for which he paid dear* He heard the door of his chamber broken, and thought it might to done by fome of his own men who wanted to murder him, becaufe he had quarrelled with them the preceding week- With this idea, he opened a window which looked on the ditches, leaped out of it without further confideration, and thus broke his neck and died on the fpot. The guards of the caftle, who towards day-break had been afleep, awakened by his groans, found the caftle had been fcalcd and taken : they began* to found their trumpets, and to cry out, Treafon ! treafon V John Biffet, the governor of Berwick, on hear-ing their cries, armed himfelf, ' as well as all the able men of the town, and advanced toward the caftle, when they plainly heard the noife of the Scots *, but they could not gain entrance, for the gates were fhut, and the draw-bridge raifed. Upon this, John Biffet, having confidered a fhort time, faid to thofe with him ; c Come quickly : let us break down the fupports of the bridge, fo that none can fally out, nor get away withouj danger from us/ VOL. IV. Z . • They 337


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