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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
page 51



chefs, if the admiral of France had npt at that time been in Scotland with fo large a force. It Was confidently faid, that the conftable was to reinforce the admiral with a greater body : by which means the Flemings were not aHftedj and those of Damme were forced to make a bad bargain of it; for on the 29th day of July, 1385, was the town of Dâmme conquered back again. When Francis Atremen found, after the king of France had befieged him for a month, thathé was not to expect any fuccour, and that his artil-* lery began to fail, he was much caft down, and faid to those of his council,—( I will, that all of us from. Ghent return home : but let it be made known to them fecretly, fo that none of the town be informed of our intended departure, and at* tempt to fdve thertifelves, with their wives and children, by facrificing us. They would obtain peace, and we fhould be flaim but I muft take good care to prevent this ; for we will keep in a body, and go round the town to vifit the guard. We will tenure all the inhabitants, not having arms, in the churches, and give them to under* ft and, we do fo becaufe we expect a grand attack to be made to-morrow, and do not wish them to faflferfrôm it. We muft tell the guard of the nightthat we intend to beat up the enemy's quar-ters, and the moment we are in the plain we Nvili fpor for the fasteft to Ghent/ His council replied, that he had well fpoken. Everyman made his preparation accordingly, and in the erairag packed up their ail, and put the women, êi


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