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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.12

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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.12
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to aflîire him of the truth, and that he fhould aft conformably to the orders he had received. The carl of Huntingdon, hearing this, changed colour from disappointment. Finding he could not gain his em), he returned to his-lodgings, armed himfelf and made his men do the fame, determining to con-quer thefe ale-drinkers by force, and fet fire to their town as an example, and to terrify the country. The bailiff was not idle in collecting all the men ht could : they amounted, archers and all, to two thoufand men, which he drew up in the market-place, when the force of the earls of Huntingdon and Kent were not three hundred. Notwithftand-ing this inequality, they made ready to begin the battle, and the archers attacked each other, fo that feveral were wounded. The bailiff and his men, who were very numerous, charged the rebels vigo-rously, without fparing any one, for he had the king's fpectal orders to take the leaders, dead or alive. ' The earl's party were forced to retire within their lodgings ; and the houfe wherein the two earls were, the bailiffs men furrounded and conquered. Many were killed, and more wounded. The earl of Huntingdon defended himfelf gallantly, like a valiant man at arms as he was ; but the numbers againft him were too great to withftajid ; and he was (lain fighting, as was the young earl of Kent, who was much lamented by feveral knights in England and other countries. He was young and handfome, and had very unwillingly taken part in this con-fpiracy j but "his uncle and the earl of Salifbury had forced him into it. The 185


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