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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 318



they paid fevcrely, as did the whole * country jf Flanders. Affairs at that time were not fo bad as they af-terwards became, nor the great diftrefs pf Flanders at its height, as I lhall hereafter relate. After the defeat of Rafle de Harzelle. and John du Launoy, the earl of Flanders was informed, that Peter du • Bois with an army of Ghent men were in the field, and on their march to that city. The earl halted, and called a council, in which he demanded from his knights whether he fhould not purfue them and offer battle : they replied, that he had done enough that day s that his men were tired, and that it was proper they fiiould have fome reft ; but that he would do well to fend off five or fix hundred men at arms, to obferve their motions, for they might perhaps fix their quarters in fuch a fituation that they could come up • with them at their difiodging. The earl apr proved of this advice, and followed it : thofe who were to be of this detachment were direétly or-dered out, and the lord d'Anghien was appointed to the command. About five hundred lances being mounted, they marched off from Nevele, and followed bye-roads, in order to come up with the Ghent men : they proceeded fo far that they at lafi: faw them defcend a fmall hill : they were in a compaft body, and in good order, marching at a good pace toward Ghent. . The lord d'Anghien and his detachment fol-lowed them, fome time on their flank. Peter du ' Bois • .30?


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