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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 361



. - Èsè fk Friday morniàg, thofe lodged in thé fcplaré bé* fore St.Cathcrines, near the Tower/ began to make themfelves ready : they fhoutedmuch, and faid, that if the king would not come out to them, thc^ wqiild attack the Tower, Itorm it, and flay all ih it. The king was alarmed at thefe menaces, and rcfolved to fpeak with themj he therefore feot orders for them to retire to a handfome meadow at Mile-end, where, in the fummcr time, people go to âmbfe themfelves, and that there the king would grant them their demands. Proclamation was made in the king's name for all thofe who wifhed to fpeak with hint to go to the above-mentioned place, where he would not fail to meet them. The commonalty of the different villages began to march thither ; but all did not go, nor had they the fame objc&s in view, for the greater part only wifhed for the riches and deftruétion of the nobles, and the plunder of London. This was the paincipal caufe of their rebellion* as they very clearly fhewed ; for when the gates of the Towet* were thrown open, and the king, attended by his two brothers, the earls of Salifbury, of Warwick* of Suffolk, fir Robert de Namur, the lords de Vertairt and de Gommegines, with feveral others, had paffèd through them, Wat Tyler, Jack Straw and John Ball, with upwards of four hundred, rufhed in by force, and, running from Chamber to chamber^ found the archbifhop of Canterbury^ whofe name was Simon*, a valiant and wife man, abd chan- • Simon de Sudbury, His name was Tibold ; but he took the name de Sudbury from the place of his birth. cellot


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