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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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conducting king Edward into the countries of Cambrefis and Tierache, and burning and deftroying all he paifed through. He wrote therefore to my lord de Bemont,. lord of Brefne, to the vidame of Chalons, to the lord John de la Bone, to the lords John and Gerald de Loire, ordering, them to colled a body of men, and make an incurfion upon the lands of the lord John of Hainault, and bum them without delay. Thefe lords obeyed the king's command, and fecretly collefted fo many, that they amounted to five hundred armed men, with whom they one morning. came before the town of Chimay, entered it, and made a large booty; for the inhabitants never imagined the French would advance fo far into the country, or venture to pafs the foreft of Tierache : however, they did fo, and they burnt the fuburbs of Chimay* and many villages in the neighbourhood, indeed almoft all the territory of Chimay except its fortrefles. They then retreated to Aubenton, in Tierache, with their plunder. News and complaints of this were foon brought tofir John of Hainault, who at that time was at Mons with his nephew, at which he \pas very angry, and not without caufe : the earl was alfo difpleafed, for thefe lands were held under him ; but he was filent, and ihowed not any open defign of revenge upon the kingdom of France. About the time of this difafter, it happened that fome foldiers, who were garrifoned in Cambray, came to a fm&ll fortified houfe, beyond the walls of that town, called Relenques, that belonged to fir M 4 John


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