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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 295



liiéft it îfats in fenroll hearing the tfumpets, kâétf they fhould be ftormed, and made preparations ac-cordingly. They armed themfelves, and all meit Capable of defence, and ordered the women to ga* ther and bring to them ftones, to throw down on the enemy* You muft know, that the women in ôaiicia and Caftille are of good courage to defend theftlfelvesj and equally ufefui as the men. The Portuguefe marched in handfome array to the ditches, which, though deep, were dry, and tttefrily entered them. They began to afcend the tlppofite bank* with much courage, but were foreiy treated* unlefs well fhielded, by thofe of the town, Who9 from the walls, caft down on them ftones and Gthet things, that wounded and killed feveral, and forced them to retreat whether they would or not* There was much throwing of darts on both fides ; SMd thus lafted the attack until eight o'clock, when thé day became exceedingly hot, without wind or bfeeze, infomuch* that thofe in the ditches thought fhey fhould be burnt : this heat was fo exçefEve, that the attack was put an end to, though the ma-chines caft ftones into the town* merely for the Chance of fuceefs. The Poftuguefe Retired to re-fresh themfelves, and attend to the wtmnded. The Jtiarfhal refolved not to renew the attack but by hi* Machines/ for otherwife it would coft too many Jives} and to fkirmifh at the barriers, to amufe the young knights* and enure them to deeds of arms. *This bejng fettled, there were, almoft daily, fkir-ttii&es at the barriers ; and thefe within the town 1WM accuftomed to poft themfelves without the |atest 28fg


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