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Non tamen pigebit vel incondita ac rudi voce memoriam prioris fervitutis, ac
teftimonium præfentium bonorum composuisse. Tacit. Agricola.
S foon as Charles found himself in a condi- A.C. 1449. tion to renew the war, he, in the name of The progress
the duke of Bretagne, surprised the castle of ofthe French Couches, and Pont-de-l'Arche in Normandy, Ger- Normandy. bay in the Beauvoisis, Cognac and St. Maigrin in Guienne. The English complained of the violation of the truce ; but were given to understand, these were acts of reprisal on account of Fougeres. Thus the war recommenced, at a time when the duke of Somerset was altogether unprovided with troops to defend the English possessions ; so that the field was left free for Charles to extend his conquests. His principal aim was to reduce Normandy to his obe. dience: for which purpose he had prepared four different armies, one of which he headed in person; the command of another he bestowed upon the epunt de Dunois, lately created count of Longue