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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 . ftftt thither* mi which had enraged MAI fo much. To picwiic them from again rebelling againft him, he feat three hundred of the principal inhabitants to prifon in Bruges, efcorted by a handfome body of men at arms. • He tkn marched «mardi Cowtnqr, in -order to bring that town under km obedience. When the inhabitants heard this was his intention, and that he was on his way, having fubjugated thofe fâ Yprt% they were much afraid, fbr they (aw no ap-pearance of any aid coming to them from Ghent : they- therefore, dtarmkicd so furreiider themfelves amicably to their lord s for it was better to depend on the car], to whom they owed fidelity, homage and loyalty, than on Ghent. Upon this, three hundred of the principal citizens afièmbled, and went out of the town on foot, to meet the earl, taking the keys with them. When the earl was near m pafs than, they ftung themfelves on their knees, crying out to him for mercy. The earl, taking compaffion on them, pardoned them, and made a joyful entry into the town, where every one paid him honour and reverence. He arrefted about two hundred of the principal inhabitants, whom h* fent to UUe and to Douay, as hoftages for the town. • When he had continued at Cour tray fix days, he returned to Bruges; where, having rcpofed himfelf for a fortnight, he iffiicd a grand fummons for his vafiàls to attend him at the £ege of Ghent, for at thia time all Flanders was dependant on him. He left'


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