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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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\ town of Seclin, and many villages in its neighbour-, hood. His light horfe advanced even as far as the fuburbs of Lens, in Artois. AU this was related to his uncle, king Philip, at Arras, who, though very angry, could not at this time help it. After this excurfion the earl took another route, and advanced towards the capital town of Orchies, which was taken and burnt, for it was notendofed. Landas and Celle fliared the lame fate, as well as many considerable villages thereabouts. They fcoured the couhtry, and took a very great booty, with which they retreated to the army before Tournay. At the fame time, the Flemings made frequent and ftrong affaults on Tournay : they built boats, moveable towers, and other machines of offence, with which they every day battered the town. Skirmiihes very frequently took place, in which many were killed and wounded on both fides ; and the Flemings exerted themfelves to conquer or damage Tournay, fo much had this war irritated them ; and they fay there is never any difcord fo bitter, as that between neighbours and friends. Among thefe attacks there was one which lafted a whole day: much valour was ihown, for all the knights that were in Tournay were prefent. It was intended, by ineans of boats and other machines, to have forced and broken the barriers of the poftern of the bridge ; but they were fo gallahtly defended, that the Flemings made no ' impreiBon, but loft a veflèl, in which there were one hundred and twenty men,


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