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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.1

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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.1
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CHAP. XII. THE KINU OF ENGLAND AND SIR HUGH SPENCER ARE TAKEN AT SEA AS THEY WERE ËNDEA* VOURING TO ESCAPE FROM THE CASTLE O* BRISTOL* ^jpIlIS a£l of jufticë performed, the king and fir Hugh Spencer, feeing themfelves fo clofely preiTed, and being ignorant whether any fuccour was coming to them, embarked one morning with a few followers, in a fmall boat behind the caille, intending, if poflible, to reach the principality of Wales : they were eleven or twelve days in this finali boat, and notwithitanding every effort to get forward, the winds proved fo contrary, by the will of God, th ν once or twice a day they were . driven back within a quarter of a league of the caille whence they fet out. At length fir Henry Beaumont, fon of the vifcount Beaumont of England, efpying the veffel, embarked with fome of his companions in a barge, and rowed fo vigorouily after it, that the king's boatmen, unable to efcàpe, were overtaken. The king and fir Hugh Spencer were brought back to Briilol, and delivered to the queen and her fon as prifoners. Thus ended this bold and gallant enterprife of fir John de Hainault and his companions, who, when they embarked at Dordrecht, amounted to no, more than three hundred men at arms. By their means queen Ifabella recovered her kingdom, and deftroyed her inemies, at which the whole nation, except fome few


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