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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 236



Mm lift, and (hall do fo as long as I lire. In trail, when I loft the caftle of Trigalet, and was efcortedto caftle Cutlet, after the retreat of the duke of Anjou into France, I refolded to do fomething which (hould either make me or ruin me. I therefore fent fpies to reconnoitre the town and caftle of Thurie in the Albigeois, which caftle has fince been worth to me, as wci by compofitions m by good luck, one hundred thoufand francs. I will tell you by what means I conquered it. On the outfide of the town and caftle, there is a beautiful fprmg of water, where every morning the women of the town come to fill their pails or other veffels ; which having done, they carry them back on their heads. Upon this, I formed my plan; and, taking with me fifty men from the caftle of Gul-let, we rode all day over heaths and through woods, and about midnight I placed an ambuf-cade near Thurie. Myfelf, with only fix others, difguifed as women, with pails in our hands, entered the meadow very near the town, and hid ourfelves in a heap of hay ; for it was about St. John's day, and the meadows were mown and making into hay. When the ufual hour of open-ing the gates arrived, and the women were coming to the fountain, each of us then took his pail, • and having filled it placed ft on his head, ated made for the town, our faces covered with handkerchiefs fo that no one could have known us. The women that met us, faid,c Holy Mary, how early muft you have rifen this morning !f Wè replied in feigned voices, and paffed on to thf ' gate#


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