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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.5

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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.5
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was particularly' fcvere, for it lafted a whole day and yfliany Englifh were killed and wounded : thofe wnhin made fp prudent a defence as not to lofe a man : a knight from England, called fir Peter l'Efcuftie, was flain, for whofe death the duke and the earl were forely vexed. We will now return for a while to the fiege of Mortain fur mer ûirPoitou, and to Evan of Wales. Evan of Wales had clofcly blockaded Mortain* in Poitou, of which place the fouldich de l'EftracJe was governor, and had ereéted four block-houfes : the firft was built on the edge of a rock before the caftle, on the Garonne, and Evan had polled him-felf within it: the fécond was built between the water and .the lower caftle, oppofitc to a poftern gate, from which npne could iflue without the cer- • tainty of being taken : . the third was on the oppo-fitc fide of the caftle the fourth was the church of St. Léger, near half a league from the fort. The inhabitants of Mortain were long forely ha-rafied by thefe means, for the blockade lafted up-wards of a year and a half, in which time they were hardly pufhed for provlfion and other necefiaries, jhaving neither ftockings nor fhoes to their feet; hut what was the moft grievous,' they did not fee any appearance of fuccour being fent to them. During the time of this fiege,. there came out of England, and from the borders of Wales, a Welfh fquire named John Lambe, who was fcarcely a gentleman j and indeed he fhewed it, for no gentleman- would ever have praftifed fuch baft B a wickednefs.'


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