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Cast on the assailing host. A keener glance
On a Frank he fix'd
* From the trebuchet they discharged many stones at once by a sling. It acted by means of a great weight fastened to the short arm of a lever, which being let fall, raised the end of the long arm with a great velocity. A man is represented kneeling to load one of these in an ivory carving, supposed to be of the age of Edward II.
of Quarrels, or carreaux, were so called from their heads, which were square pyramids of iron.
Whizzed fierce, and struck, there where the helmet's clasps
Perform'd a friendly part, hastening the hour
The English Chief,
Enough for happiness. The English host
By want compell’d, adventur'd, in his gore
Nor the Gallic host remit Their eager efforts ; some, * the watery fence, Beneath the tortoise roof'd, with engines apt Drain painful ; part, laden with wood, throw there Their buoyant burdens, labouring so to gain Firm footing : some the mangonels supply, Or charging with huge stones the murderous + sling, Or petrary, or in the espringal Fix the brass-winged † arrows. Hoarse around Rose the confused din of multitudes.
* The tortoises &c. and moveable towers having reached the walls, the besiegers under them either began to mine, or batter them with the ram. They also established batteries of balistas and mangonels on the counterscarp. These were opposed by those of the enemy.
+ The Matafunda.
I The Espringal threw large darts called Muchettæ, sometimes winged with brass instead of feathers. Procopius says that because feathers could not be put to the large darts dicharged from the balista, the ancients used pieces of wood six inches thick, which had the same effect.
Fearless along the ramparts Gargrave moved,
* Le lendemain vindrent deux maistres engingneurs au Duc de Normandie, qui dirent que, si on leur vouloit livrer boys et ouvriers, ilz feroient quatre eschauffaulx et haulx que on meneroit aux murs du chastel, et seroient si haulx q'lz surmonteroient les murs. Le Duc commanda qlz les feissent, et fist prendre tous les charpentiers du pays, et payer largement. Si furent faitz ces quatre eschauffaulx en quatre grosses nefz, mais on y mist longuement et cousterent grans deniers. Si ý fist on les gens entrer q'a ceulx du chastel devoient combattre. Quant ilz eurent passe la moitie de la riviere, ceulx du chas. tel desclinquerent quatre martinetz qlz avoient faitz nouvellement pour remedier contre lesditz eschauffaulx. Ces quatre martinetz gettoient si grosses pierres et si souvent sur ces eschauffaulx qlz furent bien tost froissez tant que les gensdarmes et ceulx que les conduisoient ne se peurent dedans garantir. Si se retirerenf arriere le plus tost quilz peurent. Et ainçois qlz fussent oultre la riviere lung des eschauffaulx fut enfondre au fons de leaue.
Froissart. I. fueillet 82.