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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
page 38



c 1 am very willing fo to do/ Having armed them-felvcs fecretly, they mounted their, horfes, in num-ber about one hundred lances, picked men, and fet opt from Cherbçurg, entered the foreft without the French knowing any thing of the matter, and rode on. Sir Oliver, finding the place of fuch ftrength as to make it impoffible to befiege it, took the fame road to Valognes by which he had come. He had npt marched three leagues before fir John Arundel and John Coq, with their companions, who had been very exaftly condu&cd, charged them, (hout-ing cOur Lady for Arundel !' When fir Oliver heard this cry, and faw them advancing, he wifhed himfeif in Valognes : he therefore mounted a fleet courier, in hopes of faving himfeif; for he found the parties were too unequal for a combat ; and his people difperfed themfelves in the foreft. Too few kept together. John Coq, like to a valiant man at arms, piirfuedfir Oliver fo clofcly that at laft he made him his prifoner: there were alfo ten or Si dozen more taken j the remainder faved them-felvcs among the trees, and returned to Valognes as well as they cbuld, and related to 6r William des Bordes how they had fallen into an ambufcade, and that fir Oliver, with the remainder of their companions, had been made prifooers. The knights and fquires at Valognes were greatly hurt at this, but help it they could not. [Sir Oliver du Guefclin was conducted by the garrifon to the caftle of Cherbourg, where he was told his ranfbm would be at leaft ten thoufand francs. This cap-ture


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