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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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their rights/ Thofe who /leard him anfwercd, c We will do fo.' They then departed, taking the road towards Ghent, in a clofc well formed battalion. Some of the runaways who had efcaped from the battle of Nevele returned to Ghent, which they entered quite frightened, like defeated men, and related their difcomfiture, telling how 'Raffe de Harzelle and John dc Launoy had been (lain and their army loft. ^The citizens were much de-jefted at this ill news, and forry for the lofs of Raffe, for they had found him a good captain and true to their interefts : he was much beloved, and great confidence was placed in him, becaufe he was of a noble family, and had ferved them faith-fully for their money. They afked the runaways,—c Tell us where was Peter du Bois all the time of the combat ?' They who had neither feen nor heard any intelligence of him replied, ' We have not feen him, nor do we know any thing about him/ Upon this, fe-veral be began to murmur, faying, that Peter du jBois had behaved very ill, for not having been prefent at this batde, he who had fix thoufand *nen upder his commatid completely armed. • Thofe who governed Ghent therefore refolved, as foon as Peter du Bois fhould return, to kill him, and then make peace with the earl their lord, throwing themfelves on his mercy. I believe, that ^ if they had done fo, they would have afted well, and peî§cç would eafily have been made. But they changed their rcfolution, for which afterwards they


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