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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
page 340



however, did not throw them off their guard, ner caufe them to quit their pofts. Sir Matthew Redman and fir Nicholas Drayton, with their men, in the centre of the town, endeavoured to check the progrefs#f the fire; but it was fuch a dry feafon, that the fmalleft fpark fet the houfes in flames. It is certain, that if the attack had begun earlier, or had not the night come on foon, the town muft have been taken by ftorm, but the approach of night put an end to it. Sir William de Namur's divifion had thirty-fix killed and wounded; and the army loft, according to the report of the heralds, upwards of five hundred. On the attack ceafing, the French retired to their quarters, to attend the fick and bury the dead. They faid, that on the morrow they would renew the attack, and it should be irre-fiftible. The English, all this Saturday night, were em-ployed in repairing the palifadoes which had been broken, in putting all things in a good ftate, and in extinguishing the fires in the town. They were in a moft perilous fituation, being furrounded on iall fides, without means of efcaping by flight. On the Sunday morning when the king had heard mais, it was proclaimed through the army, that whoever should bring a faggot to the king's tent should receive a halfpenny, and as many faggots fo many halfpence. Thefe faggots were intended to be thrown into the ditches, fo that they might refolutely pafs over them, and engage with the English, on the Monday morning at the 326


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