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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 138



m 1 this expedition mack himfeif ready. When they Were all duly prepared, in a manner becoming them, they marched from Ghent, in number from nine to ten thoufand men, carrying with them a large train of flores and provifion. The firft day, they halted at Deynfe : on the morrow, they ad-vanced within a fhort league of Bruges, when they drew up in order of battle, in the plain, with their baggage, in the rear. John Lyon ordered the dea-cons of the trades to go into Bruges, and know their intentions* They advanced thither, but found the gates fhut and well guarded. When they there-fore informed them what their bufinefs was, the guards faid, they would cheerfully go and tell it to the burgomafters and fheriffs, who had pofted them there. They did fo ; and the burgomafters and jurats told them to return and fay, that they would call a council to conflder of it. When they came back with this anfwer, John Lyon cried out; * Advance, advance ! let us attack Bruges ; for, if We wait until' they fhall have held their council, wc fhall find great difficulty to gain an entrance : it is better we attack them before they confult together, and (he fuddennefs of our attack will furprife them.' This plan was followed i and the men of Ghent advanced to the barriers and ditches of Bruges, John Lyon marching at their head on a black horfc. He quickly difmounted, and. took an aïe in his hand. When the guard, who were not in fufficient ftrength, faw the men of Ghent were fo determined to attack them, they were frightened, and ran away down


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