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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 207



that, in one week, the light troops burnt upwards of fixty villages dependant on Rheims. The Eng-lifh heard that the people of Rheims had fecured fix thoufand fheep in the ditches of the town, think-ing them fafe there : the van-guard advanced thi-ther, and made their men defcend into the ditches and drive out the fheep, without any one daring to iflue from the town to prevent them, or even ap-pearing on the bulwarks $ for the archers, being potted on the banks of the ditch, fhot fo fharply that no one ventured to fhew himfelf : the Englifh gained feveral thoufand head of fheep. They fent to inform. the cownfmen, they would burn all the corn in the fields, unlefs they ranfomed it by fend-ing them bread and wine. The inhabitants were frightened bjr this threat* and fent the army from ten to fixteen loads of bread and wine : by this means, the corn and oats were faved from being burnt. The Englifh marched by Rheims in order of. battle to Beaumont fur Vefle*, for they had croflcd the river below Rheims. On their depar-ture from Bcaumoht, the Englifh rode along the river Marne, to feek a paffage, and came to Condé fur Marne, where they found the bridge broken down i but, as the fupportcrs flill remained, they fought for planks and beams, with which they re-built the bridge, crofTed the river, and quartered themfelves in the villages above Marne; and on the enfuing day, they came before the town of • Beaumont fur Vefle,—near Rheims. Vertus, « 196


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