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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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including lufty varlets. The fon of the lord d'Efterach was there* with a handfome compa^ ny ; and alfo the lord de Barbafcn, fir Benedict de Faignolles, and William Conderom, a Bre-ton, with his rout, 'They marched from Tou-loufe ftraight to St. Forget, where they halted. It was then commanded by a Béarnois, called le bourg de Taillefac, a grand marauder. When thefe lords had drawn up their troops, the attack commenced, and the crpss-bowmen (hot fo brisk-ly, foarcely any of the garrifon dared fiiew them-felves in its defence for fear of the arrows; but the French did not gain it at this first aflatilt. In the evening, they retired, to repofe and re-frefli themfelves» as they had brought plenty of every thing with them. On the morrow, the trumpets founded for a re-newal of the attack, when the lords, with their men, gallantly marched to the foot of the ditches. Whoever had seen them thus advanc-ing, their heads covered with (hields, with their lances measuring the depth of the water in the ditches, would have had much pleafnre. When the first ranks had pafied through, the others did not delay following, or they would have been greatly blamed for remaining behind. This fé-cond party carried pick-axes and iron crows to batter the walls ; and, in doing fo, they fas-tened their (hields on their heads to ward off the stones and other things that were thrown a* them from the battlements: but they fuffe Jittle from this, as the crofs-bows posted on X 2 bai 307


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