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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
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racles, in which the kings of England have much ~ faith. The king, having paid his devotions and made his offerings to this fhrinc, mounted his horfe about nine o'clock, as did the barons who were with him. They rode along the caufeway to return to , London ; but, when they had gone a little way, he • turned to a road on the left to go from London. This day, all the rabble were again affembled, under the condud of Wat Tyler, Jack $%nwmà n Ball, to parley at a place called Smithficld, where, every Friday, the horfc-market h kept; They amounted to upwards of twenty thotifand, all -ot the fame fort. Many more werç in the city, breakfafting and drinking Rhenilh • and Malnafey Madeira wines, in taverns and at the hqufes of the Lombards, without paying for any thjog; \ affl& happy was he who could give them good cheer. Thofe who were collected in Smithficld had the, king's banners, which hfd been given,to them the preceding evening j and thefe reprobates wanted tQ pillage the city this fame day, their leaders faying, 1 that hitherto they had done nothing. The par-dons which the king has grafted will not be of much ufe to us: but, if we be of the fame mind, we fhall pillage this large, rich and powerful town of London before thofe from Effex* Suffqjk, Cam-bridge, Bedford, Warwick, Reading, Lancashire, Arundel, Guildford, Coventry, Lynne, Lincoln, Yprk and Durham fhall arrive i for they are on the road, and we know for certain that Vaquier* and • Valquicr,—probably Walker. . A a 3 t Lifter , 357


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