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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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η* On the morrow, they^ returned to the attack on all fides. The third day the veflel add engine were ready to draw out the piles, and thofe ordered upon that duty were fet to work, but they had fo much trouble and labour in drawing out one, that the lords thought they fliould never accomplifh it, and therefore made them defift. There was. at that time, a very able engineer at Mdrtagne, who, having confidered the machine of the Valenciennois, and how much it annoyed the town, for it was perpetually in a&ion, ihade another in the caftle, which was not very large; but wdi made and tempered, and fo well pointed, that it wai ufed only three times; the firft ftone fell within twelve paces of the engine of the Valenciennois ; the fécond was nearer to the box; and the third was fo well aimed, that it (truck the machine upon the fhaft, and fplit it in two. The foldiers of Mortagne made a great ihouting at this event. Thç Hainaulters were thus two days and two nights be fore Mortagne without conquering any part of it. The earl and his uncje thought it advifable to return towards Tournay, which they did; and the Valenciennois went back to their town, whence they had come. CHAP. LIX. THE EARL OF HAINAULT TAKES THE TOWN Of ST. AMAND, DURING THE SIEGE OF TOURNAY. ΗΠΗΚΕΕ days after the earl of Hainault had been returned from before Mortagne, he made a requeft to his companions, that they would come with


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