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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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tiany fuch letters, that others may take warning from their example. We know well that you are feeking to fow diffenfions among us, and efpeci-ally againft me, Philip von Artaveld, (whom God guard and preferve) and that you wifti to ftir up treafon where at this moment there is peace. We therefore warn you not to continue fuch practices, until the before mentioned towns be opened unto us, which, with God's help, they fhall fliortly be, and to whofe protection we commend you. € Written before Oudenarde the 20th day of October, in the year 1382, Philip von Artaveld regent of Flanders/ When Philip had written the above, in the • prefence of his council, they thought it could not be amended, and fealed it. They then con-fidered to whom they fhould give it to carry. Philip afked, c Have we no prifoners from Ou-, denarde ?' c Yes,' they replied, € we have a varlet who was taken yefterday in a fkirmifh, who is from Artois.' € Send for him hither.' On his coming, Philip faid, 'c Thou art my pri-foher, and I may, if I choofe, put thee inftantly to death, but thou haft had a narrow efcape ; for fince thou art here thou fhalt have thy liberty, on Condition that thou pledge thy troth to carry thefe letters to Tournay, and deliver them into the hands of the king's counfellors whom thou wilt find there/ The varlet was never fo happy in his life as when he was promifed his libertyr for he confi-dered Ms death as certain, and replied,c I fwear, 151


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