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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. XXXVII. KING EDWARD BESIEGES THE CITY OF CAMBRAT* W I ΉΕ king of England from Mechlin went to Bruffels to fee the duke of Brabant : his people paffed by without entering it. There a large body of Germans, at leaft twenty thoufand men, joined the king, who alked the duke of Brabant what his intentions were—to go before Cambray, or to defert his caufe. The duke replied, that, as foon as he fhould know that Cambray was befieged, he would come thither with twelve hundred lances of good men at arms ; which anfwer pleafed the king much. The king took his departure, and lay that night at Nivelle j the next day he came to Mons, in Hainault, where he found the young count of Hainault and his uncle, who received him joyfully. The lord Robert d'Artois was always with the king, and of his privy council. He was attended byfixteen or twenty great barons and knights from England, whom he carried with him by way of fiate, and alfo as his council. The biihop of Lincoln was among them, who was much renowned in this expedition for his wifdom and valour. The Englifh pufhed forward, and lodged themfelves on the roads in the flat countries through which they paffed, and found provifion at hand for their money ; but fome paid and others not. When the king had repofed himfelf two days at Mons, in Hainault, he came to Valenciennes, which he entered, taking with them but twelve knights. The


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