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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 171



Jjood again; that .they wtttJd «cl ifcorc lore hi«i .than he did them : he h?d now left them as he had done ^ before i and that 'Gilfrtyt and Jus brpthcrs iiad fp adFifcdi fcejpg jçhat he hpi fo ftiddehly, and witbouf affcâion, dqparçcd ûbm Ghenf. \ John pruniaux, Rafle de Harzelle, John Boule ^ and Peter du Bois, with the Other wicked jtaptainsj were much pleafed at ai this, and Xpread rumours over .the town; that the earl would return in the Jammer irith fuflicknt forcç to break the pc*qe i that it bchbyed every one to be on hU guard^and to lay in good tore pf corn, ,oats, meaç; i^t, and all forts of provifion, fojr th**t no dépendance could be placed on the carl. The townfmen, therefore, laid in vçry jjret t ftores of all things ncceflary for them : when it ' was told the earl, he was mightily ûirprifcd, and could not guefs why they were fo very fufpiciou*. , To fiiy thp truth, when,all which I have related is ' duly confidered, one c*nnot but .wonder how the men of Ghent diflembled, and had done fo from the beginning. The rich and principal mcn of the town CQuld not excuiè themfelvcs for thqr conduct at the commencement of thefe commo-tions I fpr certainly if they had been willing, when John Lyon firft introduced the wearing of white hoods, they could eafily have prevented it : thejy might have fent againft the canal-diggers pf Bruges other men wjbo would hare done as well as the white hoods : but they permitted them, becaufp they did not choofe to have it thought they were againft thp franchifes of the town* They there-


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