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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 165



and various other machines of attack, and they amounted altogether to forty thoufand men. There were almoft daily fkirmifhes at the bar-riers. The town of Grave is fituated on the Brabant fide of the Meufe, over which there is a bridge that connects it with Gueldres. This fiege was a bold enterprife ; but great plenty was in the army of Brabant, and every thing was to be had there for money, and as cheap as at Bruflels. In thefe continual fkiiv miflies at the barriers, where the crofs-hows fometimes ventured, the fuccefs was variable, as muft always happen when the parties are nearly equal. The duke of Gueldres was regularly informed of every thing that pafled at the fiege, for he had fixed his refidence only four leagues off at Nimeguen. He wrote frequently to England for affiftance, and was in hopes the armament at fea under the earl of Arundel, fhould the winds prove favourable, would come to raife this fiege. He knew the town of Grave was ftrong,. and that it was amply fupplied with flores and pro-rations, and Could not be won by ftorm. As it could only be gained by capitulation, he felt affured on that head, as he depended on the fi-delity of the inhabitants, that they wonld never defert him. This fiege, therefore, lafted a very confiderable time. The earl of Arundel's fleet was ftfll at fea, and, though no landing had been attempted, it hovered along the coafts of Brittany and Nor-mandy, fo that the Normans, from St. Michael's Mount 154


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