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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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bat of fete to Johir de Neiifvilfe. The affkult vm •fharp and fevere, and lafted the whole dajr ; nor could they make the French retire before night, -althoughfive orfix were killed. Thofe within defended themfelves right valiantly, and did not fuffer . •aasry lofs. A greater number of the French marched to Trie, intending, on. their arrival, to pafs over the "Scheld; but thofe of the town had deftroyed the bridge, and defended that paffage: nor could the French ever have conquered it, iffome among them had not been acquainted with the fords of the river and the country, who condu&ed upwards of two hundred men to the foot bridge at Prouvy. When thefe had crofled over, they came said felt . upon the men of Trie, who, being few in number in comparifon to them, were not able to refill y Ç they took to their heels, and many of them were killed and wounded. The fenefchal of Hainault left Valenciennes thar day, accompanied, at the utmoft, with one hundred men at'arms, by the gate of Douzaing, to fuccoui ihe inhabitants of Trie, who-he thought would have enough to do. It happened that, a little beyond St.Waaft, he met about twenty-five Bght-horfe of the French, commanded by three knights from Poitou—the lord Boucicauk, who was afterward* a marlhal of France, the lord of Surgere», and fir 'William Blondel : they tyd pâfled over the bridge •very near to Valenciennes, whichis called the bridge "of La Touidtle, and is 0*er the VkiceU When


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