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The rule is, not to besiege walled cities if it can possibly be avoided.
But the presence of a Christian in the city could not long be tolerated, and the Foullans threatened to besiege it.
How do you permit yourself, knave, to go and besiege our friend, monsieur the bailiff of the palace, and what have you to say concerning this popular agitation?
And with these troops," he said, "we shall go at once and besiege in your house the rebels who by this time will have established and intrenched themselves therein.