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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 328



pleaftd. It would happen to them as to John de la Faucille, who, by difTembling and quitting the town of Ghent to live in Hainault, imagined he fliould be clear of all the wars in Flanders, as well as of thofe agaînft his lord by the town of Ghent, of which he was a native, and that nothing would be required from him : but in this he was miftaken, fo that it caufed his death ; whidi was a pity, for John de la Faucille was in his time a wife and able man. But in thofe days none could trim between the lords and the townfmen, for they were too clear fighted ; and though he knew how to advife.others very well, yet in regard to himfelf he managed things badly. I do not know, for a.truth, if he were guilty of all the charges on which he was examined by fir Simon Rain in the caftie of Lille, but his judges, with his adverfe fortune, turned againft him, fo that he died : and thus it happened to all the leaders in Ghent, and thofe who encouraged them in their rebellion againft their lord. Many others of Ghent perifhed, who I hope were blamelefs. When Peter du Bois faw Ghent thus weakened in her captains and foldicrs, and deferted by her allies ; that the principal inhabitants began to tire ; he fufpeéted they would readily give up the war, but that, whatever peace or treaty they fhould enter into with the earl, there would not be any poflibility for him to favc his life. He therefore called to his recoîleéHon John Lyon, who had been his mafter, and with what art he had worked : he faw plainly he could not do every thing himfelf, not having fufficient 317


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