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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 215



armed from head to foot* like true men at arms, and more than thirty thoufand armed with mal-lets. They worked day and night in forging helmets, and purchafed armour wherever it was to be fold.. Now confider what a fad devilment it would have been, if the king of France, and the gallant chivalry with which he was accompanied had been defeated in Flanders. It may readily be1 fuppofed, that theft all the nobility would have been deftroyed in France, as well as in other places, for the JeCquerie were never fo fero-cious as they would at fuch a time have been. In like manner the peafants began to rebel at Rheims, at Chalons in Champagne, and down the river Marne, and to menace thofe gentle-men, ladies and children who had remained at home. At Orleans, Blois, Rouen, and in the Beauvoifis, the devil had entered their heads to prompt them to murder every one, if God had not provided a remedy, as you will foon have related. * When thofe pf the caftlewicks of Caffel, Ber-gues, Bourbourg, Gravelines, Furnes, Dun-. kerque, Poperingue, Tourrout, Vaillant, and Malines, had heard that the men of Ypres had furrendered and put themfelves under the obedi-ence of the king of France, who had gracioufly pardoned them, they began to be much alarm-ed. After thefe towns had well conûdçred the bufmefs, the inhabitants fei^ed their governors,, whom Philip von Artaveld had put over tbtfjn* and fya^Wg, bound them ftroagly, fo that they. could 201


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