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[ 228 J hanged for stealing a cow, the value of thirty. shillings. - 95. Siege of Calais. After a twelvemonth's siege of Calais, during which the inhabitants were reduced to the last extremity by famine and fatigue, the city was taken by Edward the III. Irritated by the long resistance he had encountered, he often declared, that..when put in possession of the place, he would take signal vengeance on the inhabitants. It was therefore, not without great difficulty that he was persuaded to accept of their submission, only upon condition that six of the most considerable citizens should be sent to him to be disposed of as he thought proper. He gave orders that they shoulêeled barefooted and bareheaded into his camp, with ropes about their necks, in the manner of criminals prepared for execution. On these conditions, he promised to