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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 217



down the Metife, from the rich country of Bra-bant, fo that the fiege was long continued ; and the Brabanters had many large machines which threw into the town Hones of fuch weight as to do much damage wherever they fell. In addi-tion, they flung into the town all the dead car-rion of the army to empoifon the inhabitants by the ftink. This was forely felt by them, for the weather was hot, and the air too calm to carry off thefe villanous fmells. At times, many of the knights and fquires of Brabant came to fkirmiih with the garrifon at the barriers ; for the duke of Gueldres had placed within the town feme-gallant companions, who were not fhy of shewing their courage, when occasions called for it, and the enemy ad-vanced fo near as the barriers. The fiege lafted a long time; and the duke of Gueldres had fixed his quarters at Nimeguen ; but he could neither raife the fiege, nor offer combat to the Brabanters, for want of fuflicient force. He had lent to England an account of his fituation, and expected for certain he should have a reinforce-ment from thence, but he was difappointed; for England at the time was in a very unfettled ûate, and new minifters had been forced on the king by his unclçs and the archbishop of Can-terbury. A parliament was indeed holden, about St. John Baptift's day, at the duke's re-queft, to qonfider whether a body of men at arms and archers should he fent to affift the duke of Gueldres, according to treaty. Having confidered the matter fully, they ' would §06 ' •


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