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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 134



then return home again. No* one checked their ardour; for there were among them fome of the nobleft in the town, who feemed eager to perform deeds of valour. Being all equipped, they fet off for Montferrant, taking with them thirty crofs-bows. Upwards of two hundred volunteers left Clermont and followed them on foot. It was told to the companions in Montferrant, that a party from Clermont were at the barriers. This news pleafed them much : upwards of one hundred o&the moil expert having armed them-felves, and mounted their horfes, ordered the gates to be thrown open, and fell upon thôfe from Clermont, fliouting,€ Sajnt George F When the party faw themfelves thusvigoroufly attacked, they were panic-ftruek and inftantly defeated, without making the fmalleft defence, ' but flying in all directions. The ^beft mounted, on leaving Clermont, took the lead, and faid on the road, they would be the firft to attack thefè pillagers ; but fhortly they were the firft to return their town, and the iGafçons at their heels. Had the laft had as good horfes, all or the greater part would have remained with them they, how-ever, chafed them until they met the volunteers on foot, who, when they perceived the defeat of their townfmen, kept no longer any order, but ran away for the fafteft, leaping from hedge to hedge, and from ditch to ditch, to fave them-felves. The crofs-bows front Clermont kept in better array when the others fled, and drew themfelves up in a vineyard with prefentedbows, making a shew of defence. They there remained uf til 123


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