24 EARLY HISTORY OF BRIGHTON.
whilst it remained open to their attacks, and offered so fair a prospect for their enriching themselves. After the Danes, the French made frequent warlike incursions on this line of coast, plundering and shedding blood wherever they appeared.
" But," asked Lewis, " why did not the people do something to keep away these troublesome Frenchmen ? If they let them come quietly and take away their property, I think they were poor tame things, and did not deserve much pity."
" Ah! but you are mistaken there," said Edward: " though their king, Edward III., was engaged in a war in France, and had left his own country undefended, the people here established a protective guard of their