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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 197



France may WÉD hold out againft Us, when fuch a placé as this ftop* us. Advance, advance I let us prove our , knighthoods/ Thofe who heard him took proper notice of what he faid, and, fparing themfelves lefs than before, leaped into the ditches, and made for the, walls, the archers fhoot-ing fo briOcly that fcafcely any dared fhew them-felves op the parapets. Several were killed and wounded, and the lower court taken and burnt. At length, the whole garrifon were made prifoners ; but, though they had defended themfelves well, none were mortally wounded. Thus was the houfe of Folant gained, and Robert Folant with his garrifon made prifon-ers, by the earl of Devonfhire and his men. The whole divifion took up their quarters on the banks of the river of Hofque, to wait for fir William Windfor, who commanded the rear-guard. He came thither in the evening. On the morrow, they marched off together, and advanced as far as Efperleck, where they lodged themfelves The governor of St. Omer, finding the enemy fo near, doubled his guards, and ordered two thoufand men to be in readinefs the whole night, that the enemy might not furprife the town. The next day, the Englifh decamped, about fix o'clock, and advanced in battle-array before St. Omer. The inhabitants, hearing of their march, armed themfelves, according to the orders they had rtr ceived, and drew up in the marketplace, from whence they went to the gates, towers and. batde-ments, with a determined rcfolution to refift; for they 186


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