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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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held there feveral courts of jufhce, by, whofe judg-ments many wicked people were beheaded ; fuch as fullers and weavers, who had opened the gates to the men bf Ghent, and flain the • earl's knights, that others might from them take warning. All this was tôld in Ghent, which made them more fufpicious than before, efpecially the leaders of the expeditions to Oudcnarde. They faid among themfelves ; c Certainly the earl willf if he can, de- » ftroy all of ,us. He loves us fo well, he only wants our lives. Has he not put to death John Pruniaux ? Jn truth, we muft own that we adted very wrong in regard to John Pruniaux, when we fuffered him tp be baniihed : we are guilty of his death j and, if they can catch us, fuch an end as his awaits us. Let us be on our guard/ Peter du Bois added) c If you will be advifed by me, there ihall not a gendeman's houfe of any ftrength remain in the country about Ghent ; for by fuch houfes we may all be deftroyed, if we do not take care and provide a remedy, ' The others anfwered, c You fay well ; come quick, let us down with them all/ . Upon this, the captains, Peter du Bois, John Boule, Rafle de Harzelle, John de Launoy and fe-veral others, made preparations for fettingout from Ghent, which they did, and burnt and deftroyed all the houfes of the gentlemen : whatever they found therein, they divided among themfelvs as fair booty. After this, they returned to Ghent* * and none were bold enough to fo fay to them, You have done ill. 1 The * 1%


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