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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.9

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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.9
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peler, the city of Puy, and county of Forêts, of which he was lord in right of his duchefs. Though the duke of Bourbon had thus left Caf-tille, the men at arms under fir William de Eag-nac and fir Walter de Paflac were not impatient to do fo. ' They were upwards of three thoufand fpeàrs and fix thoufand others, who in fmall par-ties were daily quitting the country. Many of them, having expended their pay,v and being weary of the war, fet out on their return ill mounted and in rags, fo that the meeting them was unfortunate, for they difmounted fuch as were on horfeback, and made war on all paflengers and on whoever had remained in the open country, whether churchmen or not, and plundered them, under fee pretext that the king of Caftille had not given them their pay, and that they had been ruined by the war. They faid they would pay themfelves, and all towns not well inclofed were under great alarms. Every place (hut its gates againft them, for whatever they could find was feized on unlefs well fought for. Such knights and fquires as returned through Foix, and waited on the count, were well received by him, and received mag-nificent prefents. I was told that this expedition, including the going to Caftille and return, coft the count de Foix, by his liberalities, upwards of forty thoufand francs. - After the departure of the duke of Bourbon, an accident befel the town of St.Phagon, that I am about to relate, which caufed the deaths of five hundred men. You muft know, that when fir D 2 William 35


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