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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 359



and, having carried his mm to his houfe, ordered his head to be cut off,' placed upon a pike, and carried through the ftreets of London. Thus, did thefe wicked people aft like madmen i and, on this Thurfday, they did much mifchief to the city of London. Towards evening, they fixed their quarters in a * fquare called St. Catherines, before the Tower, declaring they- would not depart thênce until they fhould obtain • from the king every thin^ .they wanted, and have all their defirès fatisfied ; and the chancellor of England made to account with them, and fhew how the great fums which, had been raifed were expended ; menacing, that if he did not render fuch an account as was agreeable to them, it would be the worfe for him. • Confidering the various, ills they had done to foreigners, they lodged themfelves before the Tower. You may eafily fuppofe what a miferable fituation the king was in, and thofe with him ; for at times thefe rebellious fellows hooted as loud as if the devils were in them. About evening, a council was held in the pre-fence of the king, the borons who were in the Tower with him, fir William Walworth the mayor,, and fome of the principal citizens, when it was propofed to arm themfelves, and during the night to fall upon thefe wretches, who were in the ftreets and amounted to fixty thoufand, while they were afleep and drunk, for then they might be killed like flies, and not one in twenty among them had arms. The citizens were very capable of doing . ^ * , this, 348


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