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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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. fpears with the fenéfchal of Hainault^ who, think* ing to catch thefe gallopers, ordered the barriers to be thrown open, and immediately began a purfuit after them, a* they retreated towards their am-bufcade. When thofe who had placed themfelves in am-bufh faw the French purfuing their men, they diP covered themfelves i but it was fbmcwhat too foon, for When the fénêfchal perceived this large body fo well mounted, he founded a retreat, and the horfe$ then knew the efFeft of fpurs : ' very opportunely did thefe lords find the barriers open. 4 ' • • ' " They were, however, fo clofely followed, that fir Richard de Marqueillies, fir Louis de Vertaing, Honard de la Honarderie, Vital de St. Hilaire,with terr other men at arms, remained prifoners tQ the Englifh : the others efcaped. When the Englifh learnt, that,the fenélchal of Hainault, the lord de Hamireth, the lord de Clery,. with twenty other knights, had efcaped, they cried out,—c God ! what a fortunate event would ix have been, if we had taken them, for they would have paid us forty thoufand francs/ They returned to the army, and nothing more was done that day. The army remained for three days at Clery fur Somme, and in that neighbourhood. On the fourth/ they marched away, and came to the abbey of Vaucelle*, three leagues from Cambray, and the next day nearer St. .Quentin. This day, about • VaucelL^—oti the Scheld, near to Crcvecocur. Vol. V. O % . ' thirty 193


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