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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 134



they faw the manfioci in fames in twenty different places ; and, if they had entertained the inclination it was not in their power to ciringeifh it. • John Lyon, who pretended to be much furprifed, Cried out, * How has this fire happened in my lord's houfe ?' They anfwerçd,f By accident.' c Well/ replied he, 1 it cannot now be helped j &nd it is ftill better that accident fhould have burnt it, than that we fhould. Evejy thing cpnfidered, it was but a dangerous neighbour j and my lord might have eftablifhed a garrifon therein, which would have annoyed m much/ They all anfwered, ' What you iky is true/ They then returned to Ghent, and did nothing more that day ; but what they had done was m if-chief enough, ibr it coft afterwards two hundred thoufand lives, and was one of the principal caufes which enraged the ear) of Flanders the moft. John Lyon had done it, becaufe he wifhed not for peace : he well knew, that whatever treaty was entered into, it would be fealed with his blood. This caftle of Andreghien had çoft the earf of Flanders, in building and ornamenting, two hun-dred thoufand francs ; and he loved it in preference to all his other residences. The well-intentioned inhabitants of Ghent, who were defirous of peace, were exceedingly hurt at this bufinefs ; but help it they could not, nor did they dare to (hew any fymptoms of anger, for the white hoods faid the caftle had been burnt accidentally. News of this was brought to the carl at Male î thofe who came faid ; c My loid, you do not know that 113


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