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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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quantity of beafts, grain, and. all other provi-fions ; for, fince' they had gained the paffage at Commines, they were never in want. 1 The inhabitants of Ypres, finding the king fo near with his whole army, and the paffage gain-ed, were not much at their eafe, and confidered how they fhould act. The town-council affem-bled. The richeft and chief inhabitants, who bad been of the moderate • party ; but who had not dared to fhew it, propofed throwing them-felves on the king's mercy and fending to him the keyg of the town. The governor, who was from Ghent, appointed by Philip von Artaveld, would not liften to a furrender, but faid, € Our town is fuffieiently flrong, and we are. well pro-vided with every thing. We will Hand our ground; during which time Philip will aflemble his forées, ' to combat the king and raife the fîegè.' • Others replied, / That he was not affured this would fo happen: that it was not in the power of Philip von Artaveld, nor of the whole country, to defeat the king of France, unlefs they had the afiiftance of the Englifh, of which there was not any appearance ; and that,. in fhort, the • beft tiling they could do would be to furrender theni-felves to the king of France.' / . " • High words eùfued which ended in a riot, in which the chief inhabitants were matters. The governor, named Peter Vauclaire, was flain. When this was,,over, they called to them two preaching friars, whom they fent to the Mngf and his ^jincles on the hill ofc Ypres, to know,if it were agreeable to them to enter into an ami-cable treaty with the town. " \ ' The ' 198


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