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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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Us none fhould dare to commit any a&s of violence in the kingdom of France under pain of death. Whîlil the king of England was befieging the city of Cambray with full forty thbufand men at arms, andpreffing it clofely by different aifaults, the king of France afTembled his forces at Peronne, in ,the Vermandois. About this time the king of England called a council of thofe from his own country, and particularly fir Robert d'Artois, in whom he had much confidence, and demanded of them, whether it were beft to enter the kingdom of France, and go to meet his adverfary, or to remain before Cambray, until he ihould have taken it. The lords of England, and his privy counfellors, feeing the city was ftrong, and well provided with men, provifion, and artillery, and that it would take fome time to conquer it—of which, however, they were not well aflured, for no great deeds of arms had yet been performed—that the winter was fail approaching, and that they were there at a very great expenfe, gave their opinion, that the king ihould puih forward into France ; for he could therefind plenty of forage, and a greater fupply of provifion. This council was followed ; and all the lords were ordered to diflodge and pack up their tents, pavilions, and baggage. They advanced towards Mprtf St. Martin, which is upon the borders of France, and they marched very regularly by companies, each lord with his own people. . The earls of Northampton, Gloucefter, and Suffolk, were the marflials of the Engliih hoft, and the earl of Warwick was the conilable of England. ' V OL. T, U They


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