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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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took fhelter there : die «ci of Ghent were qtui» tcred in the town, and placed ftrong guards at the gates to prevent any furprife. When John Boule and Arnold le Clerc were ra» turned, and had counted • their men, they found there had been flain of the men of Ghent, including thofe in the detachment fent to Ypres, twelve hun-dred ; and of thofe of Ypres as màhy, if not more. If the ambufcade had purfued thofe flying ww«% Ypres and Courtraty, they muft have becÉ ovefw taken, and fcarccly one would have efeaped : but the ' giving up the purfuit, to flay thofe who haft fallen into their hands, was the faving of many. The inhabitants of Ypres were much eaft down on feeing their men return defeated the very day they had marched, and aiked how it could have: happened. Some faid, that John Boule had be-trayed them, and led them thus to be flaughtered. You have often heard how difficult it is to appeafc the populace when once they are ftirred up : I fhall inftance it by thofe of Ghent, for when they had returned thus defeated to Courtray, and heard that John Boule was in the town, they collected upwards of a thoufand, bawling out; * Let us go feek that arch traitor John Boule, who has betrayed us I for it was he and ( no other who would have us follow that road which led to the ambufcade. If we had believed Arnoul le Clerc, we fhould have efcaped it i for he wanted to conduâ us ftraight to our men, and John Boule, who had fold and betrayed us, would march us where we have been tricked and defeated.' Now, obferve how unjuftly they VOL. y. U ' accufc S8§


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