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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 358



With rtfptê: to the common people of London, pumbers were/of their opinions, and, on afïëmbJïng-together, faid,—« Why will you rcfijfc admittance to thefe honeft men ? They arc qt|r friends, «an4 Vhat they are doing is for our good J It was then found neceflary to open the gates, when crowds jrUfhed in, and ran to thofe (hops which feemcd well ftqred with provifion : if they fought for meat or drink, it was placée} before them, and nothing refuftd, but all manner of goiod cheer offered, |n hopes of appealing them. Thejr leaders, John Ball, Jack Straw and Wat Tyler, then marched through London, attende^ by morç than twenty thoufand men, to the palace of the Savoy, which is 3 handfome building on the road to ^Yeftminfter, fituated on the banks of the Thames, belonging %o the duke of Lancafter : they immediately killed the porters, prefled into the houfe and fet it on fire. Not content with committing this outrage, they went to the houfe of the knights-hofpitalers of Rhodes, dedicated to St. John of Mount Carmel, which they burnt, to* gether with their hofpital and church. They afterwards paraded the ftreets, and killed every Fleming they could find, whether in houfe, church pr hofpital : not one efcaped death. They broke open feveral houfes of the Lombards, taking what-ever money they could lay their hands, on, none daring to oppofe them. They murdered a rich citizen called Richard Lyon, to whom Wat Tyler had been formerly fervant in France; but, having once beaten this varlet, he had not forgotten it, and, • $47,


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