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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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tween the Inhabitants, and then eftabliihed "bailiffs, provofts, iheriffs, ferjeants, and other officers. He remained in the city three days, to repofe himfelf and army, and to confider upon what fteps he fhould next take.- The fourth day he decamped, and marched tò one of the befl fortified caftles, and the ftrongeft town, without companion, in all Brittany, called Hennebon. It is fituated near the fea, and a river runs round about it in deep trenches. When fir Henry dc Spinefort was informed of his intentions, he began to be alarmed left fome mifchance ihould befal his brother, who was governor of that place, and, taking the earl afide, faid to him, 4 Sir, you have admitted, me to the honour of your council, and I have fworn fealty to you. I perceive that you mean to fit down before Hennebon : 1 think it, therefore, my duty to inform you, that the town and caftle are fo ftrongly fortified, that it will not be fo eafily won as you may think. You may lye before it a whole year, and never conquer it by dint of force : but if you will put your confidence in me, I will point out a method by which you may gain it. It is proper to ufe artifice when ftrength is of no avail. You will give me, if you pleafe, five hundred men at arms, for me to aft with as I fliali think proper : I will advance with them half a league before your army, with the banner of Brittany difplayed. As foon as my brother, who is commandant of the town and caftle, ihall fee the banner of Brittany, and diftinguifli me, I am furç he will openjthe gates, which I will enter and feize, as well as the town and caftle, and arreft my brother, whom I yviW give up to your will, if he will not fol7 low


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