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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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:ss8 hiiù into Hainauit to1 attack the town -éf Valen-ciennes, in which they faid he was juftified. But when the count de Blots heard of it, he went to him nobly accompanied* and ordered the knight not to dare enter Hainauit, nor to conduct any men at arms into the countries of his couiin duke Albert, otherwife he fhould pay .dearly for it. This gallant count went further, and made the knight his particular friend, and obfequious to himfelf and the lord de Coucy ; and thus was that town kept in peace. Such 'fervices did the count de Blois to Hainauit and Valenciennes, for which he gained great love and affection, but particularly from Valen-ciennes. The lords and the men at arms ftill remained -in.and about Courtray, for they knew not whe-ther the king would march to Ghent or not. The French imagined, that when Bruges had fur-rendered itfelfto the king's mercy, Ghent would do the fame, fince it had loft its leader, and fuch .numbers of men at the battle of Rofebecque. In truth, for three days, the inhabitants were /well inclined fo to do, and knew not how to act : to quit the town and leave every thing, twr to fend the keys to the -king, and furrender them-•Jelv€S to his mercy. They were fo completely caii down that there was ..neither union not flea-dinefs among them. The lord de Haraelles* though in the town, was incapable of giving them comfort. • When Peter du Bois arrived, he found the gates, open without any guards, which much Inrprifed him ; and he afked, Hhy they did not bette*


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