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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.8

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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.8
page 127



greater refort of the French was, that the difcon-tents were the higheft j and the fmalleft trifle was fuffident to fet them by the ears. At length it be-came ferious, and was begun by a few French varlets, who had beaten and wounded fome of the Flemings : the artificers then rofe, and, having armed themfelves, affembled in the market-place. Not one french knight or fquire would have ef-caped death ; for many of the Flemings had not forgotten the battle of Rofebecque, and were eager to revenge themfelves for their fathers, bro-thers or friends who had been there flain ; but God, providentially for the French, fent thither the lord de Guiftelles. When he learnt that the common people were arming themfelves, and that others were running to their houfes to do the fame, he (aw the tpwn would be infallibly ruined : he therefore mounted his horfe, attended by no more than four or five others, and rode up and down the ftreets j and, whenever he met any of the townfmen armed go-ing towards the market-place, he faid to them,— ' My good people, what are you about ? whither are you going? Would you ruin yourfelves? have you not had enough of war? are you not every day prevented from following your trades ? You may fo aft as to caufe the complete deftru&on of Bruges ; for do you not know that the king of France is now in the neighbourhood with his whole army ?' Thus did the lord de Guiftelles by his kind fpeeches calm them, and make them return to their homes ; 114


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