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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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«s to the fum : at firft, two hundred -thoufand francs were demanded ; but it was reduced at laft to fix fcore thoufand francs, fixty thoufand of which they were to pay down* and the 're-mainder pi Candlemas ;. for which the king af-fured them peace ; ' but they furrendered them-felves Amply as Jiçge men to the king of France by faith and homage. By this means was the good town of Bruges prevented from being pillaged. The Bretons were much vexed at it, for they thought to have rhad their fhare ; and fome of them faid, when they heard peace had been made, that this war in Flanders was not worth any thing;, that they had gained too little pillage, and that it did not end well for them ; adding,—€ But when • we return home, i| fhall be through the country of Hainault ; and duke Albert, who governs it, has pot affifted his coufin the earl of Flanders, but has acted in a double manner. It will be right that we pay him a vifit : for Hainault is a rich and plentiful " country : befides, we fhall • not find any one to obftruct our paffage, and we may there make amends for our loffes and ill paid wages.' , ' • • . There was a time when thofe of this opinio! amounted to twelve hundred fpears, Bretons, Burgundians, Savoyards and others. You may fuppofe the charming Country of Hainault was in jeppardy. The gallant count de Blois, ' who was one of the greateft lords of the rear-guard, and of the king's council, heard of this intends ed march, and that the Bretons, Burgundians and pthers, who only looked for pillage, me-naced 236


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