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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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women, children and lower fort of people in the churches : they even ordered thither the ladies of the knights who were prifoners, telling them, that on- the morrow there was to be a grand at-tack, and they wiftied them not to be frightened: all this was thought very proper. The firft hour of the night the Ghent men, went their rounds : there were none of their towns-men on the walls, but only thofe of Damme. Francis Atremen faid to them,—* Keep up a ftrict watch a^out midnight ; and on no account, what-ever you may fee or hear, quit the battlements, for in the morning we (hall be attacked ; but I am refolved thisnight to beat up their quarters. ' His words were believed, for they thought he was fpeaking the truth. After Francis Atremen had arranged all his bufiness, he ordered the gate to be opened, and fallied forth with thofe his townfmen from Ghent. They were not half a league from the town when day appeared* and the inhabitants difcovered that Francis and his companions were gone off: they were much difheartened : but their leaders began to negotiate with thofe belonging to the king, and faid they had killed Francis Atre-men the preceding evening. Several of the town, underftanding that Francis Atremen was gone away, and the. gate still open, fet out from the town as faft as they were. able. . When this news arrived at the camp, the Bre-tons andBurgundians, who were eager for pillage, mounted their horfes, and purfued them within two leagues of Ghent ; feveral were flain, and up-wards 4»


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