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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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ssfeout one liuridréd lances and three hnndred archers, who advanced (lowly to the oppofite gate dnd halted. Attacks were made on both gates with £reat gallantry ; but the men of Rouelles, from t&eir battlements, defended themfelves with ftones and-darts, fo that the archers and crofs-bow men were-unable to a& with fuccefs, and many were fèverely. wounded. However, as the barriers were de-fencelefs, for all had retired within the walls, the Eftglifh deftroyed the palifades and advanced up to the gates. They battered them fo as to make them fhake again ; but the inhabitant*, aware of the nrifchief which might enfue from their gates being forced, came down from the battlements, and placed againft them faggots and large beams of wood. Women and others brought earth and ftones, with which they filled cafks, and thefe they arranged againft the gates, clofing up the whole of the entrances. While this was going on, others on the battlements, over the gateways, threw down large ftones and bars of iron, fo that none dared venture too near, for fear of thefe things which killed whoever they hit. Thus did thefe peafants hold out their town againft the Englifh, who fuffered indeed no lofs until night ; but they were forced to retreat to a deferted village, a long league diftant, to feek for lodgings, where they re-mained until the morrow. The fptes fent after them brought back word that they had taken up their quarters at the village of Lyrias, but it feemed as If they would, on the • next


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