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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
page 414



3*3 ^ . when they heard that the countefs had herfelf planned and executed this enterprife : -wbilft thofe of the town, not knowing what was become of heV, were very uneafy ; for they were full five days without gaining any intelligence of her. The countefs, in the mean while, was fo aftive, that ihe affembled from five to fix hundred men, well armed and mounted, and with them fet out, about midnight, from Breft, and came ftraight to Hennebon about fun^rife, riding along- one of the fides of the enemy's hoft, until ihe came to the gates of the caftle which were opened to her : ihe entered with great triumph, and founds of trumpets and other warlike inftruments, to the aftonilhment of the»French, who began arming themfelves, to make another affault upon the town, while thpfe within mounted the walls to defend it. This attack was very fevere, and lafted till pad noon. The French loft more than their opponents: and then the lords of France put a ftop to it, for their men were killed and wounded to no purpofe. They next retreated, and held a council whether the lord Charles îhould not go to befiege the caftle of Aurai, which king Arthur had built and inclofed. It was determined he îhould match thither, accom panied by the duke of Bourbon, the earl of Blois, fir Robert Bertrand, marfhal of France; and that fir Hervé de Leon was to remain before Hennebon with a part of the Genoefe under his command, and the lord Lewis of Spain, the vif count of Rohan, with the reft of the Genoefe and Spaniards. They fent for twelye large machines which


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