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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.7

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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.7
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garrifon in their beds, and to fet fire to the nu-merous fleet of France, which was then at anchor in their port, well filled with all sorts of stores. Before the expedition to Damme, the king of France had intended to follow his admiral to Scot-land. These wicked people of Sluys also meant to destroy the dykes of the fea, and drown all or he greater part of the army. This had been bar-gained for by those of Ghent, and it was all to have been done in one night: it would have been executed if one of t%e inhabitants of the town had not overheard the malice they were devising. He directly went to the governor and told him what was intended, and named the greater part of the conspirators. The knight was much asto-nished when he heard of this, and taking with him his garrifon, which confifted of about fixty lan-ces, went to the houfes of thç different confpira-tors, whom he arretted and fent to feparate pri-fons under a strong guard. He then mounted his horfe, and battened to the king's tent, before Damme,, where the duke of Burgundy at that time chanced to be. He related to them all that he had heard and done; how near the town was being loft, and his army drowned. The king and his nobles were much surprised ; and the governor, was ordered to return to Sluys, and to keep his pri-soners no longer confined, but instantly to put them to death, that others might from them take example. The governor, on his return, had them behead-ed, and thus ended the bufinefs. This fame week, the duke of Burgundy, by the advice of/fir Guy -de 3ê


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