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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 185



archers, being well provided with arrows, (hot vl. goroufly on their enemies, who returned it by throwing darts and fuch other mifiile weapons, as was wonderful to behold. The roof of this ma-chine w as covered with ftrong ox-hides to fhelter them from the effefts of the ftones and the darts ; underneath were men at arms well fhielded, that with pick-axes worked hard, and with fuccefs fgainft the walls ; for the townfmen çoyld not pre-vent them for fear of the archers, who gayç them ful employaient. At length, a large breach was made in the wall, and a considerable part thrown into the ditch ; which when the Gajicians per-pçived, they were fo difmayed, that they cried loudly, c We furrender, wç furrender !* No one made any anfwer ; but the Englifh laughed at them, ^nd faid, * Thefe peafants have done us much mif-çhi,ef, and mock us by now offering to fçrrçnder, for the town is ours/, Some of the Englifh replied, * If ypu wifh to fay any thing to us, it rauft be in good French or Englifh, for we do not underftand Çaflillian,* and kept advancing and flaying thçfe who were'flying before them. They killed them in heaps ; and that day there were fifteen hundred put to death, including Jews, nxany of whom, were rçfident in the town. Thus was Ribadavi^ takéç by ftorm : thofe who firft entered it gained great pillage, efpecially from the houfes of the Jews^ wherein they found more wealth in money than eliewhere. After the town had been plundered^ the marflial was afked what he intended doing with. 173


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