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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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m arms and "krchcrs to the afliftance of the king of Navarre, with the appointment of fénéfchal of Bourdeaux. All thefe knights met at Plymouth, which was very agrepable to every one of them. On the arrival of Lord Neville, they had a wind to their wifh, and, having % embarked on board the . veflfels that had been lohg laden, they fet their fails, and fteered for Gafcony. This fleet confifted of fix fcore veflels and forty barges, having on board about a*thoufand men at arms and two thoufand archers. They had favourable weather, which carried them into the port of Bourdeaux, the night of Our Lady, in September, in the year of grace t379. . • When the Bretons and Poitevins who were be-fore Mortain faw this great fleet pafs by, with trumpets founding and every fign of joy, they were much caft down ; while, on the contrary, the gar-rifon were rejoiced, for they juftly imagined they ' (hould very foon be relieved, or that there would , be a battle, as they thought they never would have come fo far to remain idle. Sir James de Montmort and the other leaders ôf the army aflembled in council, and debated for fome time in what manner they fhould aft ; they repented they had neglefted to accept the offers of negotiating j for the fouldich de PEftrade had/a fhort time before, prôpofed a parley, and offered , to Surrender the caftle,. on the garrifon being al-lowed to march in fafety to Bourdeaux -, but the French would not liften to it. ^ However, they now lent a herald to fay, they would accept of their terms :


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