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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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' There were indeed, at the time the Englli landed at Marans, two gallant knights from Beauce in the town of la Rochelle, if' Peter de Jouy and the lord Taillepié, whom fir Helion de Ljgnac had placed there for its defence, when he fet out to meet the duke of Berry at Paris. They had acquitted themfelves ably; and on hearing that the armament under the earl of Arundel, which had been much talked of all the fummer, had difembarked at Marans, they told the mayor and the principal citizens, for it is a populous place, that it would be right to beat up the Englifh quarters, and added,—' We hear they have eftablifhed themfelves at Marans, and lay the furroiinding country under contri-bution : we two are determined to bid them wei* come, and they fhall ' pay us, or we will repay ihem for what they have done. - Great blame and reproaches will fall on us, to whom- has been committed the government of this town and country, if we fuffer them quietly to fix their quarters there. There is one thing much in our favour : they have not any horfes, and are for the moil part failors, whilf we are all well mounted. We will fend our crofs-bows before us, to awaken them with a fhower of arrows ; and, when they have made their attack, they will return homeward: the Englifh will foon be on foot, and we will then charge them, and, by being on horfeback, mey do them great mifchief* r Thofe who heard this fpeech approved of it, and inftantly afiembled a body of twelve hun-dred crofs-bows and varlets, including all forts. At 100


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