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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 331



_?eter. f You are juft fuch a one as 1 want, antNht chief I look for/ On faying this, Jie took leave and departed to his own houfe. Night paflcd, and day returned, when Peter du Bois went to a fquare where there were upwards of four thoufand of his followers and others, aflembled to hear the news, to difcufs how matters ought to be carried on, and who fhould be governor ôf the town. The lord dc Harzelle was there, who chiefly condufted the affairs of Ghent, but he would not undertake to do any thing out of the town : fome named him for governor : others were alfo nomin-ated. Peter, who was liftening attentively, having 1 heard many names, raifed his voice and faid ; * Gentlemen, I have paid every attention to all you have faid, and firmly believe you have been induced, through your love and afie&ion for the honour and wealth of the town of Ghent, to propofe fuch who are worthy to have a (hare in the government of this city ; but I know one whp in no way is thinking of it, and if he would undertake the go-vernment, there could not be any one found of greater abilities, nôr of a more propitious name/ Peter du Bois was called upon to name him, which he did by faying, c It was Philip von Artaveld, who was .chriftened at the font of St. Peter's in Ghent by that noble queen of England, Philippa, who was his godmother at the time when his father, Jacob von Artaveld, was at the fiege of Tournay with the king of England, the duke of Brabant, the duke of Gueldres and the carl of Hainault which Jacob von Artaveld, his father, governed the % 320


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