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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 365



continued in the tfity, without * any wify to have their letters, or the king's feal -, but did all cfyey could to throw the town into fuch confufiQfl that . the lords and ricfi citizens might be murdered, and their houCes pillaged and deftroyed. The Lon» doners fufpe&ed this, and kept themfelves at home, f?kh • their (fiends and Jtrvants, well armed and pre-J p?ced, every one according to his abilities. . /When tfie people had b£en appeafed at Mile-end Qr/ten, a»d were fetring off for their different towns as fpeedily as they could receive the king's letters, king Richard went to the wardrobe, where the princefs was in die greateft fear : he comforted her, as he was very able to do, and paffed there the night. I muft relate an adventure which happened to thefe clowns before; Norwich, and to their leader* called William Lifter,, who was from the county of Stafford. . On the fame day, thefe wicked people burnt the palace of the Savoy, the church and houfe of St. John, the hofpital of the Templars, pulled down the prifon of Newgate and fet at liberty all the prifoners. There were collected numerous bodies from Lin-colnftiire, Norfolk and Suffolk, who proceeded on their march towards London, according to the or-ders they they had received, under the direftion of Lifter. In their road they ftopped near Norwich, and forced every.one to joirç thçm,. fo that: none of the % commonaky rem^tfifid behind. The reafon why they ftopped ne$ï\ Nofwicfc,was .that the governor . • * k ; . of 854


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