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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 297



laid to the inhabitants § € See, wicked people If y§ ire, ye wanted to furrender to the king of Portugal Without (hiking a blow, and would have done fo, if we hid not beeh here to defend the honour of your town : this We have ib fuccefsfully done, that the king of Portugal is on the eve of his departure, without having effe&ed any thing/ On the fourth day, according to what had been kid down* the marfhal advanced to the fkirmifh With but few followers : the great ambufcade re* ftiained behind* The Bretons, eager to make rich prifofters, having already captured fix, feeing the Portuguefe flt the barriers, had the gates opened, which- they left unfaftened, in cafe of failure (for " they had no great dépendance on the townfmen), ilid the wicket wide open, and fallied forth to fkir* fiiiih with darts and lances, as is ufual in fuch com-bats* The marfhal, when he faw the time was come, ttiade his met! wheel, and aft as if they were tired, fetfeating by degrees* Thofe within the place, ob* ferving this, and thinking they fhould make pri-fottets of them all, opened the whole of the barriers, fatlied forth, and, falling on the Portuguefe, cap* fitted five and twenty. In the ftruggie and purfuit, ' the Bretons never thought of clofing the barriers ; me the marfhal now made his fignal for the am* bufcade to advance* which it did full gallop, and, by getting between the Bretons and the place, made themfelves matters of the barriers. The French imd Bretons now haftened to re-enter the gates, but it was of no avail, for the Portuguefe entered with them I and thus was the town-won. Very few were lain, 284


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