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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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kirn all that he had been able to gain from thé àing. ' I bèg of you/ replied the governor, ^that you would be fo good as to remain here a little, whilâ I go and relate all that has paffed to the townfmen; for, as they have delired me to under-take this, it is but proper they Ihould know the re-fuit of it/ He went to the market-place, and caufed the hell to be rung : upon which all thr inhabitants, mea and women, aflembled in the town-hall. He then related to them what he had faid, and the anfwers he had received ; and that he could not obtain any conditions more favourable, to which they muâ give a lhort and immediate anfwer. This information caufed the greateft lamentations and dcfpair ; fo that the bardeft heart would have had compaffiou on them ; even the lord de Vieime wept bitterly. After a fliort time, the moft wealthy citizen of the town, by name Euftace de St. Pierre, rofe up and faid: ' Gentlemen, both high and low, it would be a very great pity to fuft'er fo many people to die through famine, if any means could be found to prevent it; and it would be highly meritorious in the eyes of our Saviour, if fuch mifery'could be averted. • I have fuch faith and trull in finding grace before God, if I die to fave my townfmen, that I name myfelf as firft of the fix/ When Euftace had done fpeaking, they all role up and almoft worfhipped him : many caft them-felves at his feet, with tears and groans. Another citizen, very rich and refpeéted, rofe up and faid, He 224


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