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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 356



among the mountains near the river Tweed, whither they marched in good order and at their leifure. When the earls of Northumberland and Notting-ham, and the other barons of England, found the Scots were not advancing, they fent off (bouts to enquire what was become of them, who brought back intelligence that they had retreated towards the Mcrfe beyond the caftle of Roxburgh*. On hearing this, each man retired quietly to his quarters, where they kept a ftrid guard until the morrow morning about fix o'clock, when they all made themfelves ready for the attack of the caftle. The afifault immediately began: it was very fevere, and continued until the afternoon. Never did fo few men as the Scots defend them-felves fo well, nor was ever caftle .more brifkly attacked i for there were ladders raifed againft dif-ferent parts of the walls, in which men at arms afcended with targets over their heads, and fought hand to hand with the Scots. In confequence, many were ftruck down and hurled into the ditches. What moft annoyed the Scots were the Englifh archers, who (hot fo brifkly that fcarçely any one dared to appear on the bulwarks. This affault was continued until the Englifh entered the caftle, when they began to flay all they could lay hands on : none cfcaped death except Alexander Ram-fay, who was made prifoner by the earl of Northumberland. • There feems fome mi%ke of geography here. 344


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