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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
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tizens of Ch*nt, ht engaged to command the can^t which die meppf Bruges had dog to be completely filled up ag^io. They quitted the earl very ami* cably, and returned t# Ghent i when they related all that had paffed with their totf» and how Willing he was to maintain all their franehifes * but he re^ qurftcdr m a proof q( their friendfhipi that the white hoods Ihould be laid afjde# As thefe words were fpctkpg, the officers of the earl brought in their prifoner from Erelo, and furrendered him Mp, by way of re-eftablifhing peace according to the orders they had received, which e$uied great joy in the town of Ghent* John Lyon the chief of the white hoods, was prefent when the above anfwer was received, at-tended by ten or twelve of the principal of his /out. When they heard the earl's requcft for the white hoods to be laid afide, they were filent § but John Lyon addreffed the meeting, and faid, € My good people, you know and fee clearly at prefer* the value of thefe white hoods : have they not pre* lêrved for you, • and do they not guard better your franchifes, than thofe of red and black, or hoods of any other colour ? Many are they who are afraid of them s but be aflured, and remember I tell you ib, that as foon as the white hoods fhall be laid .aGde, according to, the ordinance which my lord wifhes to have ifued againft them, I will not give three farthings for all your privileges.* This fpeech fo deceived the people that they feparated, and the greater part returned to their homes, fay-ing, 5 Let him manage the bufinefs ; for he fpeaks truth j


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