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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.6

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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.6
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weço. forced tq fly mto fifabtnfc and Hainanît and the greater part to beg .tleic breadi • Ihere ftill, ' however^ retrained a conittey de-pendant on the Qja&tre Metiers, mbotcfe ' Ghentf draw aHiUs'pÂ&vifion, which their enemie* ccmld not pravétif, • . ' * • .. This u&otejwiater of 1382,. the earl and' coim* try of Flanders had raueb eonftraineJ 'GShent that nothing could enter the place by land or water: he had perfuaded the duke of Brabant and duke Albert to (hut up their countries fo effectually, that no provifious could be ex-ported thence, but fècrètîy, and with a great rifk to thofe who attempted it. It was thought by the moft intelligent, that it could not be long before they periflied through famine, for all the ftore-houfes of corn were empty, and the people could not obtain bftèad for money : when the bakers had baked any, it was ne0e£-%y tç guard their fhops, for the populace who were ftarving would hptfebrokenlltem open* It was melancholy to hear thefe poor peoplfe, (&r. men, womçn and children-, of good fubftance, were in this miferable plight,) make their daily complaints and cries to Philip von Atra~ veld,' their commander iti chief He txx<greafc cowipaflion on them, apd madb lèverai very good regulations! for which be was much praifedu He ordered the graaafiès of the moaaflteiies and rich men to be typemé, • attd divided the com among thepoor, at a fixed price/ By fuch means he gave comfort to the towÉ of Ghent, and; go-* verned it well. Soptetimes there came to them in 70


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