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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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been within it fome knights arid fquires, who un* derftood their profeffion, I do not believe the En* gliih would have gained it fo eafily as they did j for the mortlent the inhabitants felt the arrows of the Englifh and faw many killed and wounded by them, for they were badly armed, they were panic-ftruck, and faid,—-* Why do we let ourfdvet be killed and wounded for the king of Caftille ? We may as well have the duke of Lancafter, who married the daughter of don Pedro, for ouï king* as the fon of don Henry of Tranftamare. We muft know, that if we be taken by ftorm, our lives will be forfeited and our town plundered, and there does not feem fuccour coming to us front any quarter. A month ago, we fent a remon* ftrance to the king of Caftille at Burgos on our fituation, and the peril we fhould be in, if the En-glifh marched hither, as we heard they intended doing. The king indeed fpoke to the french knights who are with him on the matter, but no orders were given for any men at arms to be fent hither as a garrifon, any more than to other parts of Galicia, which plainly fhewed it was indifferent to the king whether we were won or not. He told our envoys to return and do as well as they could. This proves he does not wifh us to be flain, nor the place taken by ftorm/ c On faying this, fome of the totfbfmen mounfr ed over the gateway, and from a window made figns they wifhed for a parley, to treat of peace* They were obferved ; and the marfhal, going thi-ther, afked what they wanted. ' They faid) 4 Mar-• G % fait. 83


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