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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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in that part of the country, but t$iey contented themfelves with followingthe march of the Englifh;' fbme,,however, faid, they would combat them. When intelligence of the king's death became public, the intentions of the French were fruftrated ; for many of the barons decamped, and returned to Paris, to learn what was going forward. The Englifh continued for three days in their quarters : on the fourth day they departed, and came to St. Pierre d'Arne, and from thence to Argentic ' The next day the army crofTed the river Mayenne, and pafTed a rparfh with much difficulty, for only two or three could march in front the whole of this road, ^which lafted upwards of twojeagues. Now, confider what danger they were in j for if the French had known this, and attacked the van, the rear could not have aflifted them : of this1 the Englifh were greatly afraid : however, they pafTed in fafetyyand alrriyed at Coflc*, where they halted four days in copftant expectation of having fomc intelligence from Brittany. The duke of Brittany refided 4t Hennebon, in the diftrift of Vannes : he had heard frequenuv of the Englifh, and that they were near the fron-tiers of Brittany, but hè did not know how to aft. When he learnt the king of France's death, he took little, notice of it, for he did not love him, but faid to thofe near him * f The rancour and hatred which I bore the kingdom of France, on account • Cofle,—-a town of Maine, ele&ion of kavaV &i . of


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