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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 305



• Tieged at this moment, do not be * caft down ; fof God knows, and all the principal towns, that you have juftice on your fide in this war, which muft jmake your labours more effective.* Thus did the citizens of iJegç write to thofe of Ghent, in ordçr •to coqifort them. *': The earl of Flanders had inyefted Ghent on the fides towards Bruges and Courtray r but on thofe •.towards Bruflels and les Quatre Meftiers*, he •could not, on account of the Scheld and Lys* I map. therefore fay, every thing confiçfered, that •Ghent is one of the ftrongeft places in the world ; it would be «cceffary to have two hundred thou-fand men, if any one wiflied to block up all the paifes : bef des, the "armies ought to be near the xivera, or, m time, of need, they would not be able to co-operate with each other j for Ghent is very populous* 'andftdlof determined men. They found, on nurrtber»g the inhabitants at this qme, they had eighty thoufand men, all fitfor hearing arms, under fixty and above fifteen, years. • \tëhen: tfoe earl had been before Ghent about a CQonth,.and his men under the lord d'Anghien, • le Ha^e his fon, with the young fénéfchal of Hainauk, had hii various flrirmifhes with thofe of Ghent, in wkich foUnetimes they woo* and at others loft, asln fuch cafe^iwill happen, he was advifed to fend the i,.,,,-,.,,,,:, , ..» ,%t , „ , f,.».^t t,.,,P ,. it ,) fe'.„»,;•„„ • T|e tefntpry compre4epte4 ajodef" tà# name pf JLejQpê|Çf Meftiers, was fopnerfy fubjedl to the bi&cjp of Utrecht, and con-tained'thirty, villages. Hplfe,.|Axèle^ Bqcholle and A/Tenedc àre'thè f&fc piSuaptf ttfrn* : the f#olâttire* not tnclofed with' y^s^Mli^J\M^ u ' c: • :\. ••; :* . 2S4


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