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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
page 179



mi were efcorted going and returning by tw$ hundred fpears. We will now fpeak of fir Thomas Moreaux*s fiege of Ribadavia, and relate what happened .fhçre, I believe the inhabitants expe&ed fuccours from%the king of Caftille and the french knights atValidolid, otherwife they would not have held out; and I know not how fuch peafants, who had none fcqt theijifelyes to, advife with, could fo yigoroufly* fiave oppofed the flower of the'englifli army, and hqw it happened that they were not frightened, for every day there were flcirmifhes and' aflaults. fhe braveft captains of the army faid to fir Thomas, •—* Let us leave this town, and may lightening deftroy ir, and advance further into the country, towards Marnez*, Noya, or Befancesf *• we can jit any time return hither/ * By my faith/ re-plied fir Thomas, € fuch peafants ïhall never have it to fay they h^ve defeated me, were I to remain here thefe two months, unlefs the duke fhall other-wife order.* The marfhal was thus obftinate in continuing the fiege, ÏCing John received frequent intelligence, at Validolid, how the men of Ribadavia were de-fending themfelves valiantly, and would not fur-render. In God's name, faid Barrois des Barres, * I Em much vexed I had not fent thither fome French-men, who would have greatly encouraged the in* habitants, and ftill more that I did not go myfelf; * RJamez. ©. Muros. f Befances. Q. Betanços, or Entança. 166


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