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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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Hainault to victual the place* The guards not thinking but all was right, drew up the port* uullis, and allowed them to advance on the bridge. The carters knocked out the pins which held the traces of the horfes, and flung them in-to the ditch. Upon this, the guards cried out to them, 'Why do not you drive on ?' and taking Jiold of the horfes, drove them before them, and thus left the carts (landing, for, as I faid* they were unharnefled. The guards then found out that they had been deceived and betrayed, and began to ftrike the carters, who defended them-selves ably : for they were well armed uiider their frocks, and were men of tried courage. Having killed two of the guards, they were in-ftantly reinforced ; for the lord Deftotfrnay fol-lowed thenL fo clofe with his men, that the guards fled into the town, crying out, c Treafon, treafon!' but, before the townfmen could be awakened, the men at arms had entered it, and killed all who put themfelves ôn their defence,. fhoutirig out as they came to the fquare, € Vic-tory V Thus was Oudenarde won. Of the Ghent men, full three hundred were killed or drowned, A large fum was found in the town belonging ' to Francis Atremen, which I heard amounted to fifteen thoufand francs. " , News was foon fpread abroad, that Oude-narde had been taken during the truce, which angered the Ghenters much, as was natural, for it nearly affected then}. They held a meet-ing on this fubject, and refolved to fend to the * duke 36S


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