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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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town of Marans. The watch on the caftle had noticed the Englifh fleet anchoring, and the barges afcending the river with the tide, anji had founded his horn frequently, to alarm the townfmen, that they might fave all they could of their property. The inhabitants, of both fexes, carried their moft valuable things to the caftle for fafety ; and it was well they did fo, or they would have been loft. While the Eng-ftftt Hrere landing, they difcontinued faving their property, to take care of their lives. . The Englifh, on entering the town, began to pillage it, for this had been the object of their coming, but they only found empty coffers: their contents had been carried to the caftle. They discovered, however, plenty of corn, wine and falted provifions: for there were up-wards of four hundred tons of wine in the town. They refolved to remain to guard this provifion, which came very opportunely to them; for, fhould they depart, they imagined the greater part would be carried away by the French, up the river, to Fontenay le Comte. They re-mained this night in 'the place, having arrived there only about vefpers, and jjave themfelves full liberty, fending, however, to inform their companion § of their fituation, and the reafon why they did not return. The earl of Arundel and the other lords were fatisfied, and feid they had acted right. On the morrow, when the tide began to flow, the fmaller veffels weighed anchor, and m them were em-barked the armour and other nçeeffaries from • - - . the 197


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