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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 363



CHAP. LX, ÎHÊ NOBLESOF ENGLAND ARE IN GREAT DANGfefc OF BEING DESTROYED.-^-THREE OF THE PRIN-CIPAL LEADERS OF THE REBELS ARE PUS ISHlDj AND THE REST SENT BACK TO THEIR HOMES* WHEN the king was on his way to the place called Mile-end, without London, his two brothers, the earl of Kent and fir John Hollands Hole off and galloped from his company, as did alfo the lord de Gommegines, not daring to (hew themfelves to the populace at Mile-end for fear of their lives. On the king's arrival, attended by the barons, he found upwards of fixty thoufand men aflembled from different villages and counties of England : he inftantly advanced into the midft of them, fay-ing in a pleafant manner,—c My good people, I am your king and your lord : what is it you want ? and what do you wilh to fay to me?' Thofe who heard him anfwered, * We Wifh thou wouldft make us free for ever, us, our heirs and our lands, and that we fhould no longer be called flaves, nor held in bondage/ The kiog replied ; c I grant your wifh: now therefore return to your homes and the places from whence you came, leaving behind two or three men from each village, to whom I will order


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