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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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the entrance of Caftille, on the Tagus. % means of this river, they could have all their provifion and ftores conveyed to them from Lifbôn or Oporto, of which they took the advantage ; for they were up-wards of thirty thoufand men. The conftable, with his divifion arid one half of the commonalty ofPortugal, pofted himfelf ippofité the eaftern caftle, called la Perrade. The marfhal with his battalion, and the other half of the com-monalty, did the fame at the oppofite caftle, called Callidon. Morice Fonchans, an able man at arms, and à knight from Brittany, commanded in la Perrade; and fir James de Mont-merle, a knight from Poitou, In Callidon. They might each have With him fifty lances. Fifteen days paffed without any thing being done : their machines were, indeed, pointed àgaihft the walls* and caft heavy ftones ten or twelve times à day, But did little damage, except to the roofs of the towers, Which they ruined; but the garrifons paid no attention to this, for their lodgings were well arched: and no engine nor fpringali could hurt them with any ftones they could throw. When the Portuguefe faw they had no hopes of fuccefs, they grew tired, and refolved to decamp and enter Galicia, to join the duke of Lancafter, which would increafe their ftrength, and the king and duke might then advife together, whither to mikh. When they departed from Santaren, they fb completely burnt the town, that there did not re-main a fhed to put a horfe in. The garrifons, feeing them depart, were fo much rejoiced, that they founde4 280


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