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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.5

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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.5
page 115



my fignsbf ît s for it would not be a fit oppbrtu* nity until the bufinefs (hould be more fully afcer-tainedi he therefore made them greatly entreat him before hé would fpeak, or give any opinion on the fiibjeéh When he was prevailed on to (peak* he faid ; * Gentlemen,'if you wifh to riflç this bufi-. ( nefs, and put an end to it, you muft renew m an-cient cuftom that formerly fubfifted in the town, of Ghent ; I mean, you muft firft put on white hoods, ^nd choofe a leader, to whom every one may look* and rally at his fignal.' • " "' This harangue was eagerly liftened tô, mà they all cried out, c We will have it fo, we will have it fo ! now let us put on white hoods.1 White hoods were direftly made, and given out to thofe among them who loved war better than peace, and had nothing • to lofe. John Lyon waft elefted chief of the white hoods. He very willingly accepted of this office, to re-venge himfelf on his enemies, to embroil the towns of Ghent and Bruges with each other, and with the earl their lord. He was ordered, a$ their chief, to march againft the pioneers and diggers fromBruges* $nd had with him two hundred fuch people as pre-ferred rioting to quiet. Wheh Gilbert Matthew and his brothers faw the numbers of thefe white hoods, they were not too well pleafed : Stephen faid to his brothers, f Did not I well forewarn you, that this John Lyon would difcomfit us ? It would have been better if I had been believed, and had been allowed to have killed him, than to have fecn in him the fituatioa • he Wê


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