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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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thereof, in conjun&ion withfir Thibault de Marneiland the lord of Roye : they might be, including Spaniards and French, full two hundred lances. The king feized the county of Ponthieu, which the king of England had before held by right of his mother ; and he alfo fent and entreated fome lards of the Empire, fuch as the count of Hainault his nephew, the duke of Lorraine, the count of Bar, the biihop of Metz, the biihop of Liege, not to commit any hoftile afts againft him or his kingdom. The greater part of them anfwered as he could have wifhed ; but the count of Hainault, in a very civil reply, faid, that although he Ihould bo at all times ready to aifift him or his realm againft any one, yet, as the king of England made w$r in behalf of the Empire, as vicar and lieutenant of it, he could not refufe him aid and affiftance in hi$ country, as he held lands under the Empire. The king of France appeared fatisfied with this anfwer, not however laying muchftrefs on it, as he felt himfelf in fufficient ftrength to oppofe his enemies. As foon as Sir Hugh Quiriel,fir Peter Bahucet, and Barbenoire, were informed that hoftilities had commenced, they landed one Sunday morning in the harbour at Southampton, whilft the inhabitants were at church ; Normans, Picards, and Spaniards entered the town, pillaged it, killed many, deflowered maidens and forced wives ; and having loaded their veflels with the booty, they fell down with the tide, and made fail for the coaft of Normandy. They landçd at Pjeppe, and there diT vided the plundçr, . CHAT,


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