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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 54



4S! About two ©•clock after midnight*. they were *rmed and mounted, but without mf trumpets, The captains and the1 guides made themfelves weH acquainted: with the different points of the coun-try, that they might all arrive puftdttelly at Sorit at the fame rime. •; They had afcended the knoun~ cain and advanced into the* plains, when it began to fnow and hail fo marvelloufly faft that the ground was ali covered, and they rode' on* until the morrow without meeting each other-- This-misfortune of the Englifh fell out5 luckilyJfer} the inhabitants of Val di Soria, as they had Jtfît taken arjy precautions àgainft an attack j and, had they met according to the plan laid dowh they anift have taken the town by efcalade, without à poffi^ twlïtyof adifappomtment. « - "•' v When fir Thomas Trjvet and the other captain* faw that their attempt had failed, they w^re much vcned: they collected ihemfelves as well as they could, to take fome refrefhment from their fumptçr ^orfes, and then to follow the right road to Soria, according to their original intentions. As they had refolved, fo did they execute ; and, after a fhort breakfaft, fir Raymond de Balgc, a Navarrois, wm chofen to advance before the town with forty lances, in order to draw out the javclp men who were the guard of it. The knight rode up to the barriers, where he fkirmifhed with the guard j for _ thefe javelin mca were full two hundred : they failed forth inftandy, and began a combat, when the others retreated by little and litdc to draw them further 4et0 the plain. The


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