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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 133



• its more than two hundred. To prevent any hin-drance to this plan, they polled ftrong guards at all the gates, fo that no one could leave the town. • I will now relate a fkirmiih that puffed between them and fome from Clermont. When news firft came to Clermont that Montferrant was taken by the Englifli, they were much alarmed at having fuch neighbours, and held many confutations on the fubject. There. was, on the road from Clermont to Montferrant, the handfomeft, ftrong-eft, and beft built church, belonging to the mendicant friars, in France. It had large in-ciofures, furrounded by high walls, within which were very productive vineyards; for, one year with another, thefe friars made from one hundred to fix score hogfheads of wine. In thefe con-futations, fome advifed the deftruction of this monaftery ; as they faid it was fo near the town, that it was not unlikely to be its ruin, if in the hands of thefe pillagers. The pulling it down had been in agitation formerly, and they were now eager to effect it. But others faid, it would be a pity to deftroy fuch handfome buildings ; and that it would be better to march to Mont-ferrant, and Ikirmifh with the conquerors, at the barriers, and, if poffible, inveft the place, to prevent the enemy leaving it; for, within four days, the knights and fquires of the Bourbonois • and Forêts would be collected and lay fiege to it. While thefe conversions were going forward in the city of Clermont, about fixty men at arms, wei mounted, were ready to inarch towards Montferrant, and fkirmtfh. at the barriers, and then


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