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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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body (if knights, and invaded tlic county of Kent, and, as no mie opposed Ιιΐιιι, lie soon subdued it, with the exception of Dover eastle. Marching onward, lie by force gained possession of Sussex, with all the towns and fortresses ; but hero a voting man named William, refusing to malic his fealtv to Louis, collected a company of a thousand bow-men. and taking to the woods and forests with which that part of the country abounded, he continued to harass the French during the whole war, and slew many thousands of them. Louis at length came to the city of Winchester, aud reduced it to subjection, together with the castle and the whole country round. Hugh de Neville went to Louis, surrendered to him the castle of Marlborough, and did homage to him. After this, Louis went to Odihaiu, a town belonging to the bishop of Winchester, and laid siege to the tower. In this tower were only three knights and ten soldiers, but they boldly defended it ; on the third day after the French had arranged their engines round the tower, and had made frequent ami fierce assaults on it, the aforesaid three knights and their soldiers made a sally from the tower, and seizing the same number of knights and soldiers on the adverse side, regained the tower without loss to themselves. However, after the siege had lasted eight days, they surrendered the tower to Louis, and came out themselves only thirteen in number, saving their horses and arms, to the great admiration of tiie French. All the southern districts litui thus fallen into the power of Louis, except the castles of Dover and Windsor, which, hi ing well garrisoned, awaited Louis's approach. In the meantime. William de Mandeville. Robert Fit/-Walter, and William de lliintiuglield. with a powerful army of knights and soldiers, had reduced to subjection under Louis the counties of Fssox and Suffolk. Whilst all this was going on, king .John had laid ill good supplies of provisions and arms in the castle* of Wallingford, L'orli", Wareham, Ilristol, Devizes, and other- too numerous to mention. The proceeding* t.f l.oni»& m, sentieri at Heme, At this time, the messengers whom Louis had sent to the court of Rome wrote to him as follows: "T o our miel puissant lord. Louis, eldest sou of the kiln: of the Fri nei.. D. de Corbcil, I. ih Moiilevisito, and I·. Limi th, me-

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