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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
page 49



William de Lignac and fir Walter de Paffac frit' came into Caftille, their force, which was very confiderable, quartered themfelves1 over the country near St. Phagon, which is rich, and abundant in all forts of provifion. Among thefe men at arms wefe many Bre^ tons, Poitevins, Saintongers, who, riding firft to St. Phagon, entered the town in parties of fix, ten, fifteen and twenty, fo that at lâft ' they amounted to more than five hundred, including fervants. As they entered, they lodged themfelves, and began to pillage and pack up every valuable they could find. The inhabitants, noticing their conduct, fe-cretly clofed their gates, that no*more fhould enter ; and, when thefe ftrangers thought to re-pofe themfelves, the townfmen cried, cTo arms V and entering the chambers ' where they lay, flew them without pity or mercy : happy were they who could efcape, for they murdered upwards of five hundred. News of this was brought, in the morning, to the French lords quartered near the town, and they held a council to confider how they fhoùld act. They thought it improper at the moment to retaliate on them for this conduct, for if they fhould begin by burning towns and villages, the whole country would rife againft them, to the great joy of their enemies, but they determined that, when the expedition fhould be ended,. and they on their return, they would then talk to them, and make them pay feverely. When this army was on its return to France* which .16


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