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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2
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efpecially thofe of Bruges, Ypres, Courtray, Ou de* narde, and the franc of Bruges. They fent to the king and his council for a fafe conduct, that they might come ova: to make their excijfes ; and the king, whofe anger was fomewhat cooled, granted it to them. The principal perfons of all the chief towns in Flanders, except thofe of Ghent, came into Eng^ land about Michaelmas. The king was at that time in Weftmiofter, near London. They made very fair excufes, and fwore moft folemnly that € thejj were guiltlefs of the murder of von Artaveld, which had they fufpe&ed, they would have guarded and defended him,: that they were exceedingly vexed at his lofs, and regretted it moft flncerely; for thej* kqew ho\v kind he had been to them, how ufefiul he was in all their affairs, and that be had reigned ^nd governed Flanders nloft wifely : that fioce thefe of Ghent had flain him, they Ihould make ample amends for it/ They alfo explained to the king and his council € that though Jacob von Artaveld was dead, he was not thé lefs beloved, or lefa in the good graces of the Flemings, fave and except in thç inveftiture of Flanders, which he wifhecfcto be taken from the eart, theif natural lord, however he maybe attached to the French intereft, and front Ips fon, their lawful Ijeir, to give it to the prince of Wales ; for the Flemings would' not, on any ac-^ count, liften to ih But, dear fir, you have a fine family of fin» and daughters: the prince of Wales, your eldeft fon; cannot Ail beings great puince, with 102


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