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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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the moiiaftery was extenfive, and had large bufldf jngs belonging to it, which they alfo pillaged and burnt moil villainoufly. They returned to Cambray after this excurfion, driving all their booty before them. News of this ^yas foon carried to Valenciennes,, and earl William was informed of it as he was fleep r jng in h\s hôtel called la Salle. He immediately rofe, and drefled himfelf in great hafte, and fumT nioned all the lords that were with him :—at that time there were not many, only his high fteward, fir Gerald de Verchin, FIR Henry d'Antoing, fir Henry de Huffulife, fir Thierry de Walcourt, the lords qf Flaypn and Potrelles, and fome few attached to his perfon, for the others were lodged at different houfes, and were not ready as foon as the carl, who, without waiting for them, haftened to îhe market-place of Valenciennes, and ordered the alarm bells to be rung. This awakened all the inhabitants, who' made themfelves ready as quickly as- poffible to follow their lord, who was already out of the town, on Jiorfebaçk, puffting forward towards Hafpres. When he had advanced about a league, he was informed that his efforts were in vain, foip the French had retr/eated. He then went to the abbey of Fon* tenelles, where the lady his mother refidcd, who took all poffible pains to apppafe and foften his finger; but he faid, that for this robbery he would riiake the kingdom of France fhortly pay dear. The lady his mother did all fhe could to appeafe him, and would mofl willingly have paade excufes for


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