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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 53



wards of five hundred made prifoners ; they were not from Ghent, but the inhabitants of Damme who were running away. Whilft they were pur-fuing them on all ides, the town, now defence-lefe, was attacked : the French entered it at dif-ferent parts by ladders, which they carried over theditches with much difficulty. When they had entered, they imagined they fhould roll in riches ; but they found nothing, except poor people, women and children, and great quantities of good wines. In fpite, therefore, they fet fire to the town and burnt almoft the whole of it. The king, and duke of Burgundy were much vexed at this, but they could not prevent it. The noble ladies were, however, faved, but with fome dif-ficulty, from having any harm done to their perfons. After Damme had been thus regained by France, the king was advifed to decamp and to fix his own quarters at a fmall town two leagues from Ghent called Artavelle, and that, during the time he fhould be there, the men at arms fhould fcour the country of the Quatre Meftiers, and completely deftroy it ; becaufe, in former times, all forts of provifion were fent from thence to Ghent, and more affiftance given to that town from thofe countries than from any others. The king of France and his army marched from before Damme : he took up his quarters at Arta-velle ; during which time the men at arms de-ftroyed the country, burning all houfes, monafte-ries and forts which had held out for them. They left m


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