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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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iRnmnonly reported that the king of EMglati^ Vith a large army, was about to come this lea-Hon to Flaijders; and that he would fix its quar-ters at Ghent; This iievvs was Very probable; for it was tcx bd fuppofed the Flemings would strengthen themfel ves by fome means or other-It was then thought proper to liberate thé meflenger of Philip. Indeed, to fay the truth, they had not any right to imprifon him. Hef was therefore fet at liberty, and fent to Oude-Barde where the army layi At this time the citizens of Bruges Had feizéd andirhprifoned fome from Tournay. The Flem-ings fhewed by this that they were indifferent as to war or peace with the French. Thofe of Tournay, in return* captured fome citizens of Courtray; whom they carried away prifoners to their town. Thus was the hatred increafed be-tween the men of Tournay and the Flemings. The lords of Tournay, however, who wifhed hot to Make war on the Flemings, their neigh-bours, on their own account, without receiving orders from the king of France* refolved to fend two of their citizens to Philip von Artaveld to ifiake up matters between them, fo that they might recover their townfmen who were prifo-ners, and render back, in exchange, thdfe whom they had taken. John Bon EiifaM and John Picard were chofen to go on this bttfinefs. They went to the fiege. before Oudenarde, aûd fpoke with Philip, who* • in honour of the city of Tournay, and not out of any refpect to the • king of France, as he told them, received, them •


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