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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.7

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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.7
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s lieu*. After hating well confidered eack fitua-tion, they determined to march to Montlieu, be-caufe it was a ftrong cattle near the moors of Bourdeaux; and, if they fiiould fucceed in tak_ ing it, the others would be weakened, and none able to quit Bourdeaux without their knowledge. They marched through the Angoumois, and on arriving at Montlieu prepared for the fiege. Sir James Pouflart and John Bonnelance were the leaders of the duke of Bourbon's men at arras, and of the whole army. They were not long be-fieging Montlieu before they made ready their ladders and other things, necefTary for an attack. They furrounded the cattle and began the af-fault, but thofe within defended themfelvés vi-goroufly. The combat was very fharp, long con i tinued, and many gallant deeds were done; for the French mounted their ladders with rapidity, and fought hand to hand on the battlements with their daggers : in ftiort, they exerted themfelves fo touch that the cattle was fairly won by ftorm and moft within perifhed. ' When the lords of France had got pofleflion of Montlieu, they reinforced it with a new gar-rifon and ftores, and then took the road to Tail-lebourg on the Charente. Dinandon de la Perate, a Gafcon, was governor of this fortrefs, an able man at arms, who held the French cheap. When they came before Taillebourg, the duke de Bourbon and his company took two final 1 forts which had much harraiTed the borders of Poitou and Limoufin, la Froncette and Archac; the * M ontlieu,—a village in Saintongc, election of Saintes. garrifons


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