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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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barriers to Îkirmiih ; which thofe from the tòwft feeing, fallied out to meet them : fo there was a fharp confliâ, and the Genoefe loft more than they gained. About vefpers, they all retired to their different quarters. On the morrow, the lords determined to make an aflault on the barriers, to fée what mien thofe within had, and to try to gain fome advantage. On the fécond day, therefore, they made fo very vigorous an attack upon the barriers early in the morning, that thofe within made a fally : among them were fome of their braveft, who continued the engagement till noon with great courage; fo that the aflailants retired a little to the rear, carrying off with them numbers of wounded, and leaving behind them a great many dead- When the lords of France perceived their men retreat, they were much enraged, and made them return again to the aflault more fiercely than before: whilft thofe of the town were in earneft to make a handfome defence. The countefs, who had clothed herfelf in armour* was mounted on a war horfe, and galloped up and doton the ftreets of the town, intreatii% and en-· couraging the inhabitants to defend themfelves ^ honourably. She ordered the ladies and other wo men to unpave the ftreets, carry the ftones to - the . ramparts, and throw them on their enemies. She had pots of quick lime brought to her for the fame purpofe. That fame day the countefs performed a very gallant deed: fhe afcended a high tower, to fee how her people behaved; and, having obferved that all the


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