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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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but not one nun, except the bailiff, Was touched. They then collected round John Lyon. When the carl's men at arms law the bailiff dead, and their banner torn to pieces, they were thunderftruck, and, like men defeated, took to flight, and left the town. You may eafiljr imagine that Gilbert Matthew and his brethren, who were known to be the cne-*mies of John Lyon and the white hoods, did not think themfelvcs very fafe in their houfes : they therefore fet out as fpecdily as they could, and quitted the town through bye ftreets, leaving their wives, children and goods behind them. They made what hafte they could to the earl of Flanders, to whom they related all that had happened, and the death of his bailiff. The earl was forely afflifted at this intelligence, as well he might, for they had * treated him with great contempt : he was much enraged, and fwore that he would have ample revenge before he ever returned to Ghent, and before they fhould have x peace from him, fo that all other towns fhould take an example from it. Gilbert Matthew and his brothers remained with the earl. John Lyon and the white^ hoods prefevered in their outrages : after the death of the bailiff, and the flight of the men at arms, as no one offered to revenge this murder, John, who wifhed to ruin the Matthews (for he bore them deadly hatred), faid, c Come, let us go after thofe wicked traitors who this day intended to have deftroyed the town of Ghent/ They haftened down the ftrèets to the v refidence i::


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