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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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du Bois $ but, with regard to the event of tfye bat-tle of Nevelfe and the death of Rafle, he was ac-quitted. He was, however, much diflatisfied thyit no one replied to his fpeech ; particularly with fome of the principal and richefti citizens of Ghent then prefent, fuch as fir Guifebert Grote and fir Simon Bete. He at the time did not (hew his re* fent menti bufin the courfe of the year, they fe-verely experienced its effects, as you will hear related. x The lord d'Anghien, the lord de Montigny and the Haze de Flanders, returned with their men to the carl, and related all they had fcen. The earl fet off from Nevele, and went to Bruges : he dif-miffed his army to their different towns, and fent thofe of the Franc, with the lord d'Angliien and the banners, to Oudenarde. The men of Ghent, on hearing that the earl had difbanded his army and retired to Bruges, began to be in motion, by the inftigation of Peter du Bois, who laid to them s c Come, let us take the field, and not be cool in carrying on this war, but fhew we are men of courage and enterprize.' .Up-wards of fifteen thoufand marched out of Ghent* and came before Courtray, to which they laid fiege during the time of the feaft and proceffion at Bruges in the year IJ8I. They remained there for ten days, and burnt the fuburbs of Courtray, with all the furrounding country. When the eail heard of this he remanded all his gentlemen, and the garrifons and commonalty of Ypres and the Franc, and marched from Bruges with upwards of X J wenty- 803


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