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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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came to, murdered every gentleman, and violated every lady and damfel they could find. He who committed the moft atrocious afitions, and fuch as no human creature would have imagined, was the moft applauded, and confidered as the greateft man among them. I dare not write the horrible and inconceivable atrocities they committed on the per~ fons of the ladies. Among other infamous a6ls, they murdered a knight; and, having fattened him to a fpit, roafted him before the eyes of his wife and his children, and, after ten or twelve had violated her, they forced her to eat fome of her huiband's flelh, and then knocked her brains out. They had chofen a king among them, wh? came from Clermont in Beauvoifis : he was eleâed as the worft of the bad, and they denominated him James Goodman*. . Thefe wretches burnt and deftroyed in the country of Beauvoifis, and at Corbie, Amiens, and Montdidier, upwards of ûxty good t boufep. and ftrong caftles. By the a&s of fuch traitors in the country of Brie and thereabout, it behoved every lady, knight and fquire, having the means of efcapç, to fly to Meaux, if they willed to preferve.theipr felves from being infuited, • and afterwards mur-dered* The duchefs of Normandy, the au chefs of Orléans, and many other ladies had adopted this courfe to fave themfelves from violation. * Jacques Bon Homme. C c 3 Thefe 389


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