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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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the town of Ghent and the country of Flanders better than has ever been done fince, from all I hear from thofe inhabitants who have it ftrong in their memories : Flanders had been for fome time loft, if through his fenfc and good fortune he had not regained it. Now, it behoves us to love the branches from fuch a valiant man, in preference to any other perfon/ No foonér had Peter du Bois done fpeaking than the idea of Philip von Artaveld filled every one's mind, and encouraged them fo much that they unanimoufly cried out; 'Let him be fought for : we will not have any one but him for our governor/ c No, no,* lîiid Peter du Bois,: f we will not fend for him : it will be much better we go to his houfe, for we do not at prefent know how he will take it. We ought not by any means to fuffer him to excufe himfelf from accepting it.* . At thefe words, thofe prefent took thef road to Philip's houfe, followed by many others who had been informed of their intentions. When they ar-rived there, the lord de Harzelle, Peter du Bois, Peter la Nuitée, and about ten or twelve of the principal tradefmen, addrefled him, faying,€ that the good town of Ghent was in the greateft danger for want of a chief, with whom alliances might be formed both at home and abroad, and that all ranks of people in Ghent had given him their voices and chofen him to be their fovereign j for the good re-membrance of his name, and the love they had borne to his father, made him more agreeable m them than any one elfe. For which reafons they entreated him affectionately to take on him the go- VOL. V. Y vernment 8M


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