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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.6

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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.6
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*d otherwise ; for they had determined to nwch to Bourbourg, to take that town* and then to advance to Aire and Caffel, conquering the whole country fo as to leave -no eftemy in their lew, and than to lay fiege to Ypres. They imagined the town of Ypres would furrender on feeirçj that the country was conquered. The Englifh left Dunkirk, after having done their pleafure with it, and marched for Bour-bourg : the inhabitants of which place, being much alarmed, no fooner law them coming thm they inftantly Surrendered, on having their lives and fortunes fpared. The Engliftj entered the place with great joy; for they faid they would there eftablifh a handfome garrifon, to make wtr on St. Omer and the adjacent frontiers. After this, they gained the caftle of Dixmude: but it was three days before they took it by ftorm, and the. garrifon, of two hundred men were flain. The Englifh repaired it, and declared they would keep it to the utmoft of their power, garrifoning it again with fresh men at arms. They conti-nued their march to Caflel, which they took, where they made a great booty* and peopled it again with their own men. - They ftill continued their march, layiing, that they would have a look at Aire; but many, well acquainted with its fituation, knew it was not eafy to be taken, and would coft too much : however, the bifliop of Norwich faid* he would have a near view of it. At this time, the governor of Aire wft.fcgfd-iant knight from Picardy, called fir Robert de Bethune,


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