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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 351



had aftcd in a fimtlar manner in the other coun-ties of England, in Eflex, Suffolk, Cambridge, Bedford, Stafford, Warwick and Lincoln, where hey, forced great lords and knights, fuch as the ord Manley, a great baron, fir Stephen Males, fir Thomas Coflington, to lead and march with them. fNow, obferve how fortunately matters turned out, or had they fucceeded in their intentions they would havfc deftroyed thte whole nobility of Eng-land : after this fuccefs, the people of other na-tions wbuld have rebelled, taking example from "thofe of Ghent and Flanders, who were in aftual rebellion againft their lord. In this fame year the Parifians afted a fimilar part, arming themfelves with leaden maces. They were upwards of twenty thoufand, as I fhall relate when I come to that part of my hiftory j but I will 'firft go on with this'rebellion in England. s When*thofe Who had lodged at Rochefter had done all they Wanted, they departed, and, crofting the river, came to Dartford, but always following their; plan of deftroying the houfes of lawyers or pro&ors on the right and left of their road. In their way, they cut off feveral mens heads, and con-tinued their march to Blackheath, where they fixed their quarters : • they faid they were armed for the king and commons of England. ' When the citizens of London found they were quartered fo near them, they clofed the gates of . London-bridge : guards were placed there *by or-. ders of fir William Walworth, mayor of London, and feveral rich citizens who were not .of their party : 340


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