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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
page 145



As he had plumed fo did thej execute, and hid thtaafdves well. He then advanced to the gate, and» having listened* found the watch drink-ing; he called to them by their names, for he Was well acquainted with them, and faid* c Open the door: • I bring you the best wine you ever taft-ed3 which My maftfer fends you that you may watch the better.' Thofe who knew the varlet imagined he was fpeaking truth, and Opened the door of the guard-room; upon this* he whiffled, and his companions faJlied forth and puChed be-tween the door, fo that they could not ihut it again. The guards were thus caught cunningly, and fo quietly flain that no one knew any thing of it. They then took the keys and went to the gate^ which they opened, and let down the draw-bridge fo gently it was not heard. This done, they founded a horn with one blaft only, which thofe in ambufcade hearing, they mounted their horfes and came full gallop over the bridge into the town, where they took all its inhabitants either at table or in their beds. € Thus was Ortingas taken by Peter d'Anehin of Bigorre and his companions in Lourde.' I then afked the knight, c But how did they gain the caftle?' * I will tell you,' faid fir Efpaign du Lyon. * At the time the town was taken, by ill luck the governor was abfent, flipping with fome merchants from Gareafibne, fo that he was made prifoner, and on the morrow Peter d'Anehin had hhn brought before the caftle, wherein were his wife and children, whom he frightened by de-claring he would order the governor's head to be truck 135


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