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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 245



than ever, and faîd among themfelves; c Our destruction is now come upon us : if the Bretons fhould advance hither and enter our town, we fhall be pillaged and murdered, for they will fpare none.' Upon this, the townlpeople, of both fexes, collected their jewels and most pre-cious effects, and began to embark in veffels, to fave themfelves by fea, in Holland or Zealand, or wherever, fortune fhôuld carry thçm. In this manner were they employed four days ; and you would not have found in all the hôtels of Bruges one Hiver fpoon. Every thing was packed up for fear of the Bretons. . ' . When Peter du Bois, who was confined to his bed from the wounds he had received at Com-mines, heard of the defeat of the army, and death of Philip von Artaveld, and how much the in-habitants of Bruges were alarmed, he did not think himfelf very fafe, and therefore declared he would fet out from Bruges and return to Ghent; for he thought that Ghent would be much frightened : he therefore ordered a litter for himfelf, as he could not ride. ' You must know, that when the news arrived at .Ghent of the great lofs of .their men, the death of Philip von Artaveld, and thé8 destruction of their army, they were fo much cast down, that if the French on the day of the battle, or even on the Friday or Saturday, had advanced to Ghent before Peter du Bois arrived there, they would have opened the gates to them, without any oppofition, and fubmitted to their mercy.


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