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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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*3V On the morrow, the men at arms of Valenciennes, and the commonalty, came to St. Amand, burnt the town, the monaftery, and the great minfter : breaking and deftroying all the bells, of which there were numbers of very good and melodious ones. The earl of Hainault made another excurfion from the liege of Tournay, with about fix hundred • men at arms, in order to burn Orchies, Landas, and Le Celle. He afterwards crofled, with his army, the river Scarpe, above Hanon, and, entering France, came before a large and rich monaftery at Marchiennes, of which fir Aymé de Vfervaulx was • governor, who had with him a detachment of crofsbowmen from Douay. The attack was violent, for the knight had ftrongly fortified the firft gate* which was furrounded by wide and deep ditches,' and the French and monks withinfide defended ihemfelves .valiantly. The Hainaulters exerted themfelves much ; and, having procured boats, they by this means gained entrance into the monaftery, but a German knight, attached to the lord-of Fauquemont, was drowned ; his name was fir Bacho de la Wiere. At the attack of the gate, the earl, his uncle, the fenefchal of Hainault, and many others, proved themfelves fuch good knights, that the gate was gained, fir Aymé flain, and the greater part of the ethers. Many monks, who were there, were captured, the monaftery pillaged, and burnt, as well as the village. The e^fl, after this, returned, with his army, agaittto Tournay. CHAP.


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