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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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with him to St. Amandfor he had received many complaints of the foldiers of St. Amand having burnt the monaftery of Hanon, and of their attempt to do the fame to Vicoigne, as well as of many other vexations, which they had committed upon the borders of Hainault. The earl fet out from the fiege of Tournay with three thoufand combatants, and came before St. Amand by the way of Mortagne, which town was only inclofed with a palifade. A knight from Languedoc, and fenefchal of CarcaiToniïe, was governor of it, and he had told the monks of the abbey, as well as the inhabitants, that it was not tenable againft any body of men ; not that he meant to give it up, but, on the contrary, to defend it as long, as he could, and mentioned it merely as a piece o f information. Thefe words were not much attended to, or be* lîeved ; however, he had fome time before fent to Mortagne all the jewels of the monaftery, and thither weiit alfo the abbot and his monks, who ' were not very well calculated to defend xhemfelves. • The Valenciennois, who had been ordered by the earl, their lord, to be before St. Atfiand on a certain day, as he would be there to meet them, came with twelve thoufand combatants, and pófting themfelves before the town, armed all the crofs-bowmen, and made them advance towards the bridge over the Scarpe. The conffidt was here very (harp : it lafted all that day, without the Valenciennois being able to make any impreflion ; *ut they had a great many of their men killed and votraded, and the befieged, mock,.


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