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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 376



able, for they had fo grievoufly opprefied him that he was become a poor man. The lord Deftournay turned his whole atten-tion to retake Oudenarde, and fucceeded through the friendfhip of fome knights and fquires from France, Flanders and Hainault, who aflifted him in it. When he fent to thefe friends, feveral were ignorant of his intentions. The expedi-tion was undertaken on the 17th day of May 1384i for the lord Deftournay learnt by his fpies, that Francis Atremen was gone to Ghent, trail-ing to the truce which had been made with the French: by fo doing he committed a fault, and ^yas no longer attentive to guard Oudenarde, as I (hall relate. The lord Deftournay formed a confiderable ambufcade of four hundred knights, fquires and good men at arms, whom he had entreated to affift him. Thefe he polled in the wood of Lart, near to the gate of Oudenarde. There were among them fir John du Moulin, fir James de laTrimopille, fir Gilbert and fir John Cacque-lan, fir Roland de PEfpierre, fir Blanchart de Calonne, and the lord d'Eftripouille, who was created a knight. . I will now relate their ftratagem, and how thofe of Oudenarde were deceived by it. They filled two carts with provifion, which they put under the charge of four hardy and determined men drefled as carters, clothed in grey frocks, but armed underneath. . Thèfe carters drove the carts to Oudenarde, and gave the guards to un-derftand that they had brought provifion from • • Hainault 36Ê


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