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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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men, who were drowned ; fo they retreated towards evening, forely tired. During this fiege fome foldiers made an excurfioa from St. Amand, where there was a ftrong body, and came to Hainan, which belonged to Hainault, burnt the town, violated the nunnery, deftroyed the monaftery, and took with them all they could carry off to St. Amarid. Shortly after thefe fame foldiers fet out again, and having paffed through the wood of St. Amand, came to the mojiaftery of Vicogne, with the intent to pillage and deftroy it : they made a great fire before the gate in order to burn it. When the abbot perceived in what danger he was, he fet off dtreâly on horfeback, and riding behind the wood, came to Valenciennes in great hafte, where he requefted the pro voit to let him have fome crofs-bow men; whom, ν having obtained, he led behind Raimes, and polled them in the wood looking towards Pourcelet, and upon the caufeway. Thénce they began to ihoot upon the foldiers and Genoefe, before the gates of Vicogne, who no fooner felt the arrows, fhowering upon them from the woods, than they were panic ftruck, and ran off as fait as they could. By thefe means was the monaftery faved. About this time the earl of Lifle was in Gafcony, carrying on the war, by orders from the king of France. He had already taken and recaptured all the country of Acquitaine, and kept the field with upwards of four thoufand horfe ; he had befieged Bourdeaux by fea and land. The earl had with htm the flower of the chivalry of the marches of Gaf


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