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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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fir John de Hainault. There were among them thè lords of Fauqucmont, Bergues, Vaudrefen, Lens, and many others, to the number of five hundred * combatants : they had a defign upon a town in the neighbourhood, called Hennecourt, whither the greater number of the inhabitants of the country had retired, who, confiding in theftrength of this fortrefs, had carried with them all their moveables. Sir Arnold of Bacqueghen and fir William du Dunor had already -been there, but had done nothing : upon which all thefe lords had colle&ed together, and were defirous of going thither to do their utmoft to conquer it. There was* an abbot at that time in Hennecourt of great courage and underftanding, who ordered, barriers to be made of wood-work around the town, and likewife to be placed ?tcrofs the ftreet, fo that there was not more than half a foot from one poft to. the other \ he then collected armed men, providedftones, quick-lime, and fuch like inftruments of annoyance, to guard them. As foon as the lords above mentioned came there, the abbot pofted This people between the barriers and the gate, andflung the gate open ; the lords difmounted and approached the barriers, which were veryftrong, fword in hand, and great ftrokes were given to thofe within, who defended themfelves very valiantly. Sir Abbot did not fpare himfelf j but, having a good leathern jerkin on, dealt about his blows manfully, and received as good in his. turn. Many a gallant adtion was performed i ant\


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