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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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the lord Latimer conftablc of the army*, lord Fit?* waiter and lord Baflet were quartered at the gate of St. Nicholas, clofe to the river fide. Sir William Windfor and fir Hugh Calverley were lodged right honourably among their own men, as was proper for them. In the town were numbers of knights and fqpircs from Brittany, Beauce, Anjou and Maine, who well underftood how to defend the place: they had the ' whole load and charge, for the inhabitants gave thcmfclvcs no trouble about it. It happened, that on Martinmas eve, fir John le Barrois des Barres collected feme of h;? companions in the town and laid to them jc My good gendemen, we know that our enemies are clofe to us, and we have not yet* giyen them an alert : I am of opinion, that this fine night we fhould look at them, and give them a fkirmifh.* c By my faith,*, they replied, f you fpeak loyally : tell us what you wi(h, and we will do it/ They colle&ed a body of about one hundred and twenty, well anped and determined men, and (lav-ing ordered the gate to be opened where the con-ftable, the lord Bafifet and the lord Fitzwalter were quartered, placed good guards at it to fecure their retreat. The leaders of this troop were le Barrois des Barres, John Châtelmorant and the captain de ClifTon. They cartie fo unexpedfcedly as to find , ' • Lord DeTpencer was condaUe in the preceding chapter. D. Sauvage fuppofes FroilTart had forgotten it. But Dugdale fays, in his Baronage, * he was conftable of the holt a| t% fiege of Nantes.* " / • • * tifÇ 144


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