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Compare 1577 edition: 1 King Iohn in the meane time, hauing receiued his mothers letters, and vnderstanding thereby in what danger she stood, was maruellouslie troubled with the strangenesse of the newes, and with manie bitter words accused the French king as an vntrue prince, and a fraudulent league-breaker: Polydor. and in all possible hast speedeth him foorth, continuing his iour|nie for the most part both day and night to come to the succour of his people. To be briefe,K. Iohn com|meth vpon his enimies not looked for. he vsed such diligence, that he was vpon his enimies necks yer they could vnderstand any thing of his comming, or gesse what the matter meant, when they saw such a companie of souldiers as he brought with him to ap|proch so néere the citie. For so negligent were they, that hauing once woone the towne, they ranged a|broad ouer the countrie hither and thither at their li|bertie without any care. So that now being put in a sudden feare, as preuented by the hastie comming of the enimies vpon them, and wanting leisure to take aduice what was best to be doone, and hauing not time in manner to get any armour on their backs, they were in a maruellous trouble, not knowing whether it were best for them to fight or to flée, to yeeld or to resist.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 This their feare being apparent to the Englishmen (by their disorder shewed in running vp and downe from place to place with great noise and turmoile) they set vpon them with great violence, and compas|sing them round about, they either tooke or st [...]e them in a manner at their pleasure. And hauing thus put them all to flight, they pursued the chase towards the towne of Mirabeau, into which the enimies made ve|rie great hast to enter: but such spéed was vsed by the English souldiers at that present, that they entred and wan the said towne before their enimies could come néere to get into it. Great slaughter was made within Mirabeau it selfe,Arthur duke of Britaine takẽ prisoner. and Arthur with the residue of the armie that escaped with life from the first bic|kering was taken, who being herevpon committed to prison, first at Falais, Matth. Paris. and after within the citie of Rouen, liued not long after as you shall heare. The other of the prisoners were also committed vnto safe kéeping, some into castels within Normandie, and some were sent into England.

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7.1. King Iohn hauing gotten this victorie, and taken his nephue Arthur, he wrote the ma|ner of that his successe vnto his ba|rons in England, in manner as followeth.

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King Iohn hauing gotten this victorie, and taken his nephue Arthur, he wrote the ma|ner of that his successe vnto his ba|rons in England, in manner as followeth.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 _IOhn by the grace of God king of England, and lord of Ireland, to all his barons sendeth greeting. Know yee that we by Gods good fauour are in sound and perfect health, and through Gods grace that maruellouslie worketh with vs, on tuesdaie before Lammas daie, we being before the citie of Mauns, were aduertised that our mother was besieged in Mirabeau, and therfore we hasted so fast as we possibly might, so that we came thither on Lammas daie, and there we tooke our nephue Arthur, Hugh le Brun, De Castre Erald. Andrew de Chauenie, the vicount of Chateau Erald, Raimond de Touars, Sauerie de Mauleon, and Hugh Bangi, and all other e|nimies of Poictou that were there assembled against vs, to the number of two hundred knights and aboue,252 knights or men of armes besides demilances. so that not one of them es|caped. Giue God therefore thanks, and reioise at our good successe.

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