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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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m igaînft him, and flew, even in the town of Ypres, five of his knights. They afterwards attacked Oudenardc, and befieged it, doing every thing in their power to take and deftroy it. After this peace was concluded ; but they refufed to make any atonement for the death of Roger d'Auterme, though his family had frequently demanded it ; for which that family hid revenged themfelve$ on fome mariners, by whom all thefe difturbances were ori-ginally created : and was this a fufficient reafon for the total deftru&ion of Oudenarde ? I think not * and this opinion is confirmed by many others agreeing in it. They faid in reply, that, the earl had other things to fettle with Ghent j and infilled on having reparation made for what had been done to the mariners, before they would furrender Ou-denarde, The earl was exceedingly enraged, as well as his council, that the Ghent men fhould keep pofleffion of Oudenarde, He knew not how to expel them from it, which made him forçly repent, that not-withftanding the peace he had entered into with Ghent, he h^d not more ftropgly guarded it. He frequently wrote and fent to them to furrender it to him ; othcrwife he would wage fo fevere a war that they fhould for ever remember it. The citizens of Ghent were unwilling to avow this aft I for, if they had, the peace would have been broken. At laft, fome of the principal inha-bitants, who wifhed for peace and tranquillity, fuch as John de Faucille, Guifebert de Guife, fir Simorç lcte and tnpy others, undertook the bufinefs* and^ ' after i


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