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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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flioUted and called;but received no anfwer whatever. He fawf indeed, feveral pafs backwards and forwards on the battlements ; but for all he could .do, not one would come and fpeak with him, though he remained an hour thus bawling to them. Finding he could not obtain a hearing, he faid to himfelf, I fancy thefe men of Ribadavia have had fome communication with thofe of Bayona, who are vexed they fhouid have given me twenty florins for fo little trouble, and want to make me here pay for it. By holy Mary ! I believe they wifh to keep mp until it be late, and then feize and. hang me.* On faying this, he remounted his horfe, and returned to the marfhai and his army. On his ar-rival, he was afked what news, and whether the inhabitants of Ribadavia would furrender as the other towns had done, or force them to the attack. 4 By my troth/ replied the herald, « I know not what they mean to do j for they are fo proud, that though I bawled to them for an hour, they never deigned to give me any anfwer/ . Sir John Burnei then faid, * Haft thou feen no one ? Perhaps they are fled, and have left thpr town for fear of us/ * Fled*1/ replied the herald : * begging your pardon, my lord, they difdain to do fuch a thing as fly; and before you conquer them, they will give you more plague than all the other towns in Galicia toge-ther. Know that there are plenty of men within it ; for I faw them when I called out, 4 Liften to me, liften to me! I am a herald whom my lord marfhai has fent hither to parley and treat with you / but they gave me no anfwer, only flaring at me, and burfting out in laughter/ 90


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