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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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them be atked which pope they obey. If they anfwer pope Vrban, you will require of them, by virtue of the bull we have with us, that they accompany us to St. Omer, Aire, Arras, or win-therfoever we may wish to lead them* When they (hall have had thefe queftions put to them, we shall • know their intentions, and may then call a council*' This propofal was adopted, and a herald called, whofe name was Montfort, and attached to the duke of Brittany. He was ordered by thefe lords to ride to the Flemings, and told what he was to lay, and how to act when among them. He obeyed their commands, and, clothed in his proper coat of arms, without fufpecting any accident, made for the Flemings, who were drawn up in handfôme -order of battle. He wifhed to addrefs himfelf to fome knights ; but he could not, for asfoon as the Flemings faw him, without ever afking what was bis bufinefs, or making any inquiries, they fur-rounded him and flew him like ignorant people, nor could thofe gentlemen who were there fave him. The Englifh, on feeing this action, for they kept their eyes on them, were mad : as were alfo the citizens of Ghent who accompanied them, and were eager to urge them on, hoping that by thefe means new. troubles would fall on Flanders. The Englifh faid,—' This mob has murdered cflnr herald: they fhall dearly pay for it, or we will all die.oh the fpot.' The archers were ordered to advance on the Flemings. A citizen of Bruges or ' Ghent was made a knight, and shortly the battle « •• • began


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