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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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thelefs nothing was done without the approbation of the king. When the garrifon of Thin l'Eveque faw the earl ^ of Hainault arrive with fo powerful an army, they weire, as may be thought, mightily rejoiced. The fourth day after they had been.there, thofe of Valenciennes came with a handfoine body of men, led by John Boiffy, who at that time was provoft of the town. They were immediately ordered-out to ikirmiih with the French upon the Scheld, to examine their forces, and to fhew themfelves to the garrifon. . Many different fkirmifhes paffed between each * army, in which numbers were killed and wounded. Sir Richard Limofin and his companions in Thin PEvêque, perceiving them warmly engaged, quitted the caftle, and embarked on the Scheld in boats, which had been prepared for them, and pafled over to the oppofite fhore: they were carried to the earl v of Hainault, who received them moft joyfully and honourably, for the good fervices they had done him, and for their fuffèrings in the caftle. » Whilft thefe two armies were thus encamped upon the Scheld, the French on the fide of France, and the Hainaulters near their own country, the foragers of each fide fcoured the country ; but they never met, for the river was between them : the French, however, burnt all that part of Oftrevant which had efcaped before, as did thofe of Hainault that of Cambray. Jacob von Artaveld came to the affiftance of the . earl of Hainault, according to his requeft, with upwards


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