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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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being on the enemy's land, went forth daily in hopes to meet them. The duke of Gueldres, perceiving hoftilities were begun, reinforced all his towns and caftles, and made every preparation to withfland his op-ponents. Sir William de la Trimouille, defirous to gain renown, and to do fome act that fhould make it known he was in the country, caft his eyes on a town of Gueldres; about four leagues from the caftle wherein he was, in hopes to gain il : it was called Seaulie. Having fecretly open-ed his mind to fir Gervais de Merande, and ex-plained his intentions, he agreed to accompany him ; for he was equally anxious for deeds of arms. Having collected men from the different garrifons, they marched off at midnight, at a brifk trot, under the care of able guides, who brought them to Seaulie near the point of day. They then halted, and formed another difpofi-tion, which, as it was told me, was as follows : fir Gervais, with only thirty lances, was to leave the main body, and, if poflible, to gain and keep the gate, until fir William fhould arrive with the" remainder ; for if the whole had advanced, an alarm might have been given, but fo few would poffibly be taken for a party whom the duke of Gueldres had fent to reinforce the place, or fome of his men who were riding from one town to another. As they had planned, fo was it executed : fir GerVais left the army with thirty German fpears, and rode towards the town. He pafled indeed many people orj his road thither; for it was mar-ket-day, 96


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