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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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fttfficient weight nor knowledge to govern the town ; neither did he wifh for the principal com-mand, being folely defirous of leading every mad enterprize : he, in confequence, turned his thoughts to a man, of whom the city of Ghent.had not any ftifpicions, one of fufficient prudence, though his abilities were unknown, for unti) that day they had not paid any attention to him : * his name was Philip von Artaveld, fon of Jacob von Artaveld, who had ruled over all Flanders for feven years. - - ' . Peter du Bois had heard it related by his mafter, John Lyon, and the old people of Ghent, that the whole country was never fo well governed, feared) loved and honoured as during the time of Jacob von Artaveld's reign, which lafted for feven years : the inhabitants added, that if Jacob von Artaveld were alive, things would not be in the ftatc they arc now in : they ihould have a peace according to their wifhes, and the earl would too be happy to forgive them. Thefe words made an impreffion on Peter du Bois : he recolleéted that Jacob von Artaveld had left a fon called Philip, a handfome and agreeable man, to whom the queen of England, when fhe was at Ghent and during the time of the liege of Tournay, had flood godmother, and who, from refpeft to her, had been chriftened Philip. Peter du Bois came one evening to Philip's houfe, who refided with his mother, maintaining themfelves ho-hourably on their rents. Peter, having arranged in his own mind what he ihould fay, thus opened the matter and the caufe of his coming : cIf you \ ' will 318


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