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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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they had heard that the Englifh would attack the town ; but they had no fuch intentions, for, as it was very ftrong, they might lofe more than they could gain, •• - The carl of Buckingham, however, who had never before fyeen in France, wifhed to fee St. Omer, becaufe it appeared from its gates, walls, towers and fteeples, to be a handfome place. . He drew up and halted his army on a hill about half a league from it, where he remained for three hours. While there, fome of the young knights and fquires, mounting their courfers,, fpurred them » up to the barriers and demanded to tilt with the knights in the town j but, no anfwers being made to them, they returned back to the army. ' . The day the eari came before St. Omer, he made more knights ; among whom were fir Ralph - Neville, fir Bartholomew Bourchier, fir Thomas Camois, fir Fotilke Corbet* fir Thomas d'Angleere, fir Ralph Patipas, fir Lewis St. Aubin and fit John Paulet. Thefe new knights, in the firft vigour of chivalry, mounted their horfes, and galloped tap to the gates, calling on the knights within to tilt with them ; but they experienced the fame negleft • as the others had done. When the army faw that the French lords in St. Omer made not any attempt to come out to meet them, they continued their march, and came that day to Efquilles, between St. Omer and Terouenne, where they took up their quarters for the night. On the morrow, they departed, and made for Te-couenne. The , 187 '


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