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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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exerted himfelf fo much, that in a fhort time he got together a large body of horfemen, well equipped; They fet out from Mons, in Hainault, and that neighbourhood, and advanced towards the lands of Chimay* for it was the intention of the earl and his uncle to burn and deftroy the territories of the lord of Brefne, as alfo Aubenton, in Tierache. CHAP. XLIV. THE EARL OF HAINAULT TAKES AND DESTROYS AUBENTON, IN TIERACHE. fJpHE inhabitants of the town of Aubentòn were much afraid of the earl of Hainault and his uncle, and had expreffed their alarms to the high bailiff of Vermandois, who fent to their aid the vidame of Chalons, the lord of Beaumont, the lord de laBone, the lord John of Loire, and many others. Thefe knights, with their companions, marched into Aubenton, to the amount of full three hundred men at arms. The town was enclofed only by a palifade, which in many places was lately repaired. They had made every preparation to wait for thé Hainaulters and defend the town, which was Iarge^ rich, and full of draperies. ^ The HainauIteVs came on a Friday evening, and took up their quarters near Aubenton, whèhce they confidered on what fide the town was moft eâfily to be taken. The next day they marched to attack it in three battalions, their banners well ar ranged in front, with their crofs-bow men. The


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