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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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courage, won - the barriers : within the court of the blockhoufe were upwards of one hundred, fo that the Bretons were on the point of lofing every thing. Sir John de Maleftroit and the vifcount de Cambor, feeing this, fhouted their cry, and faid, • How, gentlemen, (hall we be thus overcome ? Advance, advance, and puih with vigour, for there muft be no fham fighting here : we have only the choice of death or vi&ory.* Upon this they rallied, and, placing the ends of their lances in the ground, made an obftinate re-finance to thofe who had driven them within the barriers. Hard blows were given on each fide ; but the Englifh, whether they would or not, were forced to retire, and were beaten back out of the court, fo that during the day they could not regain it. On the other fide of the blockhoufe wasaftone tower fituated on a rock, which the Bretons had garrifoned. A fevere attack was made on it by the Englifh, for while the fight was going on at the barriers, they had crofted a narrow ditch, and, with pick-axes, advanced up to the walls where they began to work and force out the ftones. Thofe within defended themfelves well with what they could lay hands on, but the archers fhot fo fharply that none dared fhew themfelves unlefs ftrongly fhielded. • The pick-axe men continued their work, until the tower, which leaned much on that fide (for they had undermined the foundation) opened in two 12


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