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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.8

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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.8
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Bretons were-(till guarding their blockhoufe, for they were aware an engagement mull enfue, and they were thirfty for battle. The duke of Lancafter and his men* landed as near as poffible to the caftle, • but left their horfes and ftores on board their fliips. The ladies, how-ever, went on fhore to repofe themfelves. The firft day they made no "attack, only marched out of their quarters, when fome of the lords fixed their tents and pavilions on the harbour fide and near the caftle, where they remained that day and the following night. On the morrow, the con-ftable and marfhaPs -trumpets founded, for the army to make ready for an aflault. When all were armed, • they marched in good array towards the caftle and blockhoufe which had been raifed in front of it. This was fo folidly built, it would have lafted nine or ten years ; for it was furroundi ed with ditches, and had walls, towers and gates of ftrong timber. The englifh knights, on their arrival, began to fMrmifh'gallantly at the barriers of the blockhoufe^ and attempt to win them. "The knights and fquires within, and there were numbers of good ones, vigoroufly defended themfelves ; and, in ori der to gain more room, they took away the pali-fades, which was foolifli enough, but they trufted to their flrill and valour. . Many were the fine deeds of arms and much pufliing with lances, and thofe fared the beft who could • the longeft hold their wind* The Englifh, being fo numerous, gave the Bretons full employment, and, by dint of courage, 11


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