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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
page 107



this war § and how Ghent had frequently fought pardon from the earl, and never could obtain it, without fubmitting to conditions too hard for the town and its inhabitants : that now they had ad-vanced fo far they could not retreat ; and that, if they would confider, they would fee nothing could be gained were they to return, for all they had left behind were in forrow andmifery. They ought not, therefore, to think of Ghent, their wives and children who were in it, but to act in fuch manner as was becoming their honour. Philip von Artaveld addrefled many more fine fpeeches to them; for he was very eloquent, and had words at command, which was fortunate for Mm3 and towards the end he added; 1 My good friends, you fee here all your provifion : divide it among you fairly, like brethren, without any di£» turbance; for when it is gone, you muft conquer more, if you wilh to live/ ' At thefe words they drew up very regularly, and unloaded the cart*, when the bags of bread were given out, to be divided by conftablewicks, and the two tuns of wine placed ion their bottons; and there they moderately breakfafted, each man having a fufficiency _ at that time ; after which breakfaft they found themfelves more determined and active on their feet, than if they had eaAen more. . This repaft being over, they put themfelves in order, and retired within their ribatideaus. Thefe ribaudeaus are tall ftakes, with peints (hod with iron, which they were always accmstoined to carry 93


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