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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 184



the earl and jgemleojen flf Flanders : it alfo guv* them the courage to fight defperately, which, how-ever, fbmctimes ill befel them in their entcrprize*, as you will hear • related. The earl of Flanders, Who had fixed his refi-dence at IJjlle, received daily information of the ill deeds of the men of Ghent, how they were de-stroying and burning the houfes of his nobles : he was fore vexed- and faid he would take fo great a revenge on Ghent, that he would put it in fire and flames,, with all the inhabitants within it. In order to be more powerful, the earl fummoned all the barons of FUncJers and gave up to thenv the whole .country, • the better to refill the white hoods. He appointed two leaders, Galois de Mamines and Peter d'Eftreviljes. Thefe two, with their com-pany, bore the banner of the carl, and remained about three weeks between Oudenarde and Cour-tray, upon the Lys, where they did much damage. When Rafle de Harzellewas informed of this, he marched out of Ghent with the white hoods, to Deynfe, where he thought to meet the army of the carl : but, when they knew that the Ghent men were on their march, they retreated to Tournay, and ftrengehened the town. They continued there, and in the neighbourhood of Damme, Orchies and Vorlam a confiderablc time, fo that the merchants dared not go from Tournay to Douay for fear of them. It was reported, the Ghent men intended befieging Lille and the earl within it ; and for this purpofe they would have formed ân alliance with Bruges and Ypres. They had gained over Gra- mont .173


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