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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 126



toefé informed that this day had been fiied on té arreft them, and were therefore ready prepared and affembled near the houfe of John Lyon; who was waiting for them : they came in bands of tta and twenty, and* as they marched up; they formed in the ftreet : when they were all affembled, they tore full four hundred. John Lyon matched off as fierce as a lion, faying, k Let us ladvance againft thefe traitors, who wifh to ruin the town of Ghent* I thought all thôfe fine fpceches which Gilbert Matthew brought back the other day were only meant for ' our deftriiftion, and to lull us afleep j but we will make him pay deafly for them.' He and his roiit advanced haftily : they iricfreafed very much by the way \ for there were thofe who joined him that had not as yet put On the white hoods, who cried ouf, c Treafon ! treafon V They marched* by a roundabout way and a narrow ftreet, to the corn market where the bai-liff, who reprefented the carl, had pofted himfelf. Gilbert Matthew and his brethren, the moment they faw John Lyon and thé white hoods enter the market-place, left the bailiff, and ran away as Faft as they could 5 and neither order nor array Was obferved, except by the men at arms whom the bailiff had brought thither. Immediately on the arrival of John Lyon in the ' market-place, with the white hopds, a large body of them advanced towards the bailiff ; anl£ with-out faying a word, he was feized, thrown on the ground and flaio. The banner of the earl was then dragged through the dirt, and torn to pieces j 12 but •115


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