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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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«MU, 'JèmrtsA foft with four hundred lances, %feeficfag thofe armed with brigandines, and came before 'Quefhoy, even up to the barriers : they made a feint as if they intended to attack it ; but it Was fo well provided with men at arms and heavy artillery, they would only have loft their pains, Neverthclefs they ikirmifhed a little before the barriers ; but they were foon forced to retire, for thofe of Quefnoy let them hear their cannons* and •bombards, which flung large iron bolts in fuch a manner, as made the French afraid for their horfes —fo they retreated and burnt Grand Wargny and .Petit Wargny, Frelaines, Famars, Martre, Semery, .and Artre, Sariten, Turgies, Eftinenj and the Hainaultersfled from thefe towns to Valenciennes. The French afterwards encamped their battalions upon the hill of Caftres near Valenciennes, where thçy lived in a rich and fplendid manner. During their ftay there, about two hundred lances, commanded by the lord of Craon, the lord of Mauievrier, the lord of M^thefdon, the lprd of Avoir, and fome others, went towards Main, and attacked a laigë fquare tower, which for a long time had belonged to John Vernier of Valenciennes, *. It has generally been fuppofed, that cannons were firft ufed at the battle of Creey, four years later : but as the fame '•weeds are expreifed in all my copies of Froiflart, whether Vprmted or in manufeript, I - cannot but beHew* they wore em*' : ployed when he mentions it. It is moil probable, that ar tillery was firft ufed in the defence of towns ; and Edward, feeing the advantage that could be derived from cannons, em* . ployed them at the battle of Crecy. hut


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