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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 128



. tie h*T been earl of - Flanders, he returned te . Ghent. There came ont a grand proceffion tp meet him, and with fuch joy that the earl, .their lord was never received fo honourably. The • people adored ' him "as if he had been their god, becaufe, through his advice, their town enjoyed . fuch power and wealth. It is impoffible to tell " the vaft quantities of valuables which came thi-ther by land and water from Bruges, Damme and Sluys. The bread, which three weeks be-fore was fold for an old groat, was now nqt worth more than four farthings. The wine which was at twenty-four groats, was now fold for two. All things were much cheaper at Ghent than at Tournay or Valenciennes. Philip von Artaveld, like a great prince, kept :-a magnificent eltablifhment of horfes* and was as grand in his hôtel, as the earl of Flanders was at Lille. He had his officers throughout Flan-ders, fuch as bailiffs, governors, receivers and ferjeants/whô every week brought confidërmbfe funis to Ghent, where he kept his ftate, and was clothed in fcarlet,robes lined with furs, like thfc duke of Brabant or earl of Hainault, He had alfohis exchequer-chamber, where the money •was paid; like to the earl $ and he gam dinner and fuppers to the ladies and damfels of Ghent* as the earl ufed to do ; and, like him, was not more fparing of his money where his pleafhre* .were concerned. When he wrote, he ûgneà 'liimftlf Philip-von Artaveld, regent of Ftondff*-Piftïûg thb time, the earl of Flanders, wh*


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