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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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" . . . ) attended by a crowd of eârls* barons, and other lords. The advanced troops entered Hainault, aiuTfet fire to Forese Bertrand, Vertigrieulx, Efcarmain, Vendegyfes aux Bois, Vendegyfes: upon the river Cinel. The next day they advanced further into the country, and burnt Avefnes le fee, Villiers en Cauchie, Gomegnies, Marehepois, Potei, Anfenoy* Perfeaux, le Frafnoit, Andegay, the good town of Bavay, and all the country as far* as theriver Honneau. This fécond day a fharp attack was made on the caftle of Verchin, and fome fkirmifhing, by the divifion commanded by the marfhals, but without fuccefs, as it was very well defended. The duke took up his quarters for that night upon the Selle, between Hatify and Saufoy. Sir Valerian, lord of Fauquemont, commanded in Maubeuge, and with him were full one hundred lances of Germans and Hainaulters. As foon as he was informed of this incurfion of the French, and how they were burning the country, and had heard the poor people lament and bewail their lofTes, he put on his armour, and ordered his people to get themfelves in readinefs. He gave up the command. of the town to the lords of Beaurevoir and Montigny, and told his companions, that he had a great delire to meet the French. He was on horfeback ail that day, and rode along the borders of the fbreft of Mourinaulx. Towards evening he heard, tfiat the duke of Normandy and all his hoft were, lodged on the banks of therivgr Selle; upon. which*


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