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ing his absence in France, several of the wiseft Prelates and Counsellors being appointed as the real Governors. The rest of the Leaders were Henry Plantagenet, Duke of Lancaster, the King's Cousin-german ; Roger Lord Mortimer, Earl of March, and Constable of England ; Thomas Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, and Robert Ufford, Earl of Suffolk, Marshals of the army; Ralph Stafford, Earl of Stafford ; William Montague, Earl of Salisbury and King of Man; Humphry Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Eflex ; William Bohun his brother, Earl of Northampton ; and John : Vere, Earl of Oxford ; the Lord Henry
Piercy and his eldest Son Sir Henry, who was afterwards created Earl of Northumberland; with the Lords Ralph Neville, Edward Spencer, John Chandos, Walter Manny, Reginald Cobham, John Grey, · John Mowbray, Roger de la. Warre,
Thomas Felton, John Willoughby, James - Audeley, Ralph Baffet, John Carleton, Bartholomew Burghersh, John Fitzwalter,
] Edmund Pierpoint, and John Botetourt, (the Predecessors of several noble families now extant) besides many Knights of great repute : exclusive of these noble persons, a great number of Lords and Gentlemen, strangers, drawn by the high renown and splendid success of King Edward and his Son, were emulous to fight under their banners.
The Dauphin and the three estates of the kingdom of France, seeing so formidable an enemy approach, were the more easily reconciled and united for their country's defence : but the young Prince, warned by the ill-fuccess of his Father, resolved to act only on the defensive; he accordingly prepared to elude à blow which it was impossible for him to resist, by putting all the considerable towns in a posture of defence ; having supplied them with strong garrisons, he then fixed his own station at Paris, with a view of allowing the invaders to waste their fury on the open country.
The English army having ravaged Picardy advanced into Champaigne, Edward having a strong desire to be crowned King of France at Rheims, the usual place in which that ceremony is performed; he therefore laid siege to that city, and vigorously carried on his attacks for seven weeks, though without success, it being defended by John de Craon their Archbishop with great bravery,
During the fiege several strong detachments were sent out to forage, whereby many rencounters happened: the most remarkable atchievement performed by these detached parties was by one under the command of the Duke of Lancaster, accompanied by the Earl of Richmond the King's third Son, the Earl of March, the Lord John of Chandos, the Lord James Audeley, the Lord Burghersh, and the Lord of Mucidan a Gascon Knight. Having ravaged Champaigne till they came to Cerney en Dormois, a strong castle, they made a vi
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gorous assault on it; and the Lord of Mucidan being slain, all the Lords swore they would not stir till they had taken the place : the Gascoigners, enraged at the loss of their Commander, plunged into the ditches, and mounting the walls with their targets over their heads forced the castle, putting in the first transports of their fury all the garrison to the sword, except Sir John Caples the Governor, and a few Knights.
King Edward foreseeing the plan of defence laid down by the Dauphin, had (as before observed) brought with him as many neceffaries as possible for the subsistence of his army; he had also with him for his amusement thirty falconers with hawks, and fixty couple of hounds; with these the chief of the Nobility hawked and hunted at their pleasure, thus passing away a tedious winter..
Still finding an obstinate resistance from the inhabitants of Rheims, and that an at
tempt tempt to take it by storm, which his valour sometimes suggested, would occasion the loss of many troops, having also greater designs in agitation, the King decamped and marched into Burgundy. On his approach, Philip the young Duke sent his Chancellor and some other Noblemen to Edward, offering one hundred thousand nobles for the preservation of his country from further ravages: this offer was accepted, and the English army withdrew from his terri. tories. The King then bent his march towards the Nivernois, which saved itself by a like composition ; but the other provinces not purchasing the same favour, he marched towards Paris, laying waste the territories through which he proceeded.