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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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the tax for "the redemption of thefe cafiles wai firi railed, thofe in Auvergne, imagining. that Ventadour would be Surrendered to the duke of Berry, and the country delivered from the op* prêtions of the 'garrifon, very cheerfully paid their quota. But when they faw that of thofe garrifons who continued their inroads, that of Ventadour was the mod daring, they were very difconfolate, and confidered the tax that had been raifed as thrown away. They declared, that until the garrifon of Ventadour was pre-vented from, overrunning the country, they would never pay one farthing of any future tax. This was carried to the duke of Berry, who was lieutenant of Limoufin, Gevaudan and Au-vergne, and he. declared to his council, that thofe who had made fuch ; declaration were in the right, and that the promifes that had been held out were badly kept, by their not having fo clofeiy hefieged the place, to prevent the garrifon /allying forth. The duke then ordered that four hundred fpears fhouldbe collected, and paid by the coun-try, and plajced under the command of fir Wil-liam de Lignac and fir John Bonne-lance, a courteous and valiant knight from the Bourbo-nois, for them to inveft Ventadour completely on all fides with block-houfes. Thefe knights and men at arms laid their fiege as clofeiy as they could to the caftie, and erected four block-houfes : they alfo had large trenches cut by the peafants, and every obstruction thrown acrofs the roads they ufed to take, fo that the ' v garrifon 58


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