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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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thers. When they were thus aflembled, the king fet out from London, attended only by his houfc-hold, and took the road to Kent^ for in that quarter the rebellion had fifft broken out. v 4 Thefe men at arms followed the king, but did not accompany him. The king entered the eounty of Kent, apd came tô a village called Comprinkc*, when he had the mayor and all the men of the vil-lage called before him. On their being aflembled in an open fpacc, the king ordered one of his council to remonftrate with them, how much they had erred againft him, and that they had nearly thrown England into defolation and ruin j and be-caufe this mifchief muft have had fome ^dvifcrs who had encouraged them in their wickednefs, and it muft be luppofed that all were not equally guilty, it was better that the ringleaders fhould fiiffer than the*whole: his majefty demanded that thofe ftiould be pointed out who had been fo cul-pable, under pain of incurring his indignation for ever, and being confidered as traitors. When thofe prefent heard this harangue, and faw that the innocent might efcape by pointing out the guilty, they looked at each other, and then faid ; c My lord, here is one by whom this town was firft put into confufion and excited to rife.* He was immediately feized, and hanged; as were feven others. The letters patent which had been granted were demanded back : when they were given up, • Comprinke. It is fo in lord Berner*. if not Ofpringe. Set additions it the end of this chapter. the 27t


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