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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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honour nor profit. They were ftill in debate, when the Watch founded his horn, to announce the arrival of the Englifh. This broke up the affembly ; and every one ran to the battlements, armeg with ftones, darts, javelins, with a full de-termination to defend tlje place, and not to fur-render it until puflied to extremities. • , « When the marfhal and his companions arrived at Pontevedra, they difmounted, and gave their horfes to their fervants. They drew up their men for inflantly attacking it. The archers were ranged around the walls with bows bent for (hooting; and men at arms, well armed and. fhielded, de- fcended into the ditch* On the marfhal's trumpet founding, the affauit commenced ; and thofe who were in the ditch fcrambled up to the walls, with pick-axes and iron crows to batter them. c The townfmen fhowered down on them ftones and flints, to their great annoyance : they would have done more, if the archers had not made fuch good ufe of their bows: few, after fome time, dared to fhew themfelves on the bulwarks, for they killed and wounded many. The bailiff of the town was fo feverely ftruck by an arrow, which pierced his helmet and head, that he was forced to be carried to his houfe. ' The. ill-intentioned, in the place, were not forry at this, becaufe he would not confent to a furrender. This accident, how-ever, did not caufe the defence to be weakened j on the contrary, they were the more adive ; and the attack continued until night, when the enemy founded a retreat. Many were wounded on each fide. 77


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