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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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ket-day, and, as he pafled, fainted them in Ger-man, which made them all fuppofe they were their countrymen, attached to the duke of Guel-dres, and going to the garrifon. Sir Gervais rode on until he came to the gate, which he found wide open and flightly guarded : indeed it was fo early, that few were out of bed. They there halted, and were fcarcely m afters of the gate, when fir William de la Trimouille, with the main body, %catne up full gallop, and entered the town, fhouting their cry. Thus was the town won without any defence being made; the garrifon never imagined the French would have been fo enterprifing, and the greater part were till in bed. It was on the ' Martinmas eve this deed was done. Three days before, an Englifh knight had entered the town with ten fpears and thirty archers, whom the king of England had fent thither. The knight's name was fir William Fikaoul*; and, at the mo-ment of the firft noife and buftle, he was getting out of his bed. Hearing the town was taken, he afked by whom. He was told by Bretons. fHaP faid he, * Bretons are .wicked fellows: they will pillage and burn the town, and then leave it: whofe cry have they ?' c In the name of God/ replied a knight, c they cry Trimouille P Sir William Fikaoul, upon this, armed himfelf, and made his men do the fame, and barricade his houfe, to fee if any would come to his refcue, but in vain ; for every one was fb frightened, they 1 * Fikaoul. Verardhas Filzraoul, and my MS, Fitz-Paul. Lord Bernera has the fame as in the text. Vol. IX. • H . were


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