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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.11

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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.11
page 275



knights and fquîrcs, the ladies and damfels Wf fè not in high fpirits. We muft allow they were very much caft down, for they faw their fathers, bro-thers, uncles, hiffbands and lovers, going on a dan-gerous expedition, not having forgotten how, in former times, the Hainaulters with count William had remained on the field of battle in Friefland. They were therefore fearful that what had hap-pened to their predeceflbrs might befal them, and loudly praifed the duchefs of Brabant for haying forbidden any gentleman or others of her country to take part in this expedition. The ladies frequently pre fled their lovers and friends to decline going, and many meetings were holden but to little purpofe. They were particu-larly angry with Fierabras baftard de Vertain, for they faid he was the principal promoter of this ex-pedition. Duke Albert and his fon, on leaving Mons after the promife of the Hainaulters to affift thefn, re-turned to Zealand, and made fimiïar requtfts to fhe Zealanders, who in like manner complied ; and the lord de la Vere, fir Floris de BoefTel, Floris d'Abel, the lord de Zenemberge, fir Clais de Boyfel and Philip de Cortien, were very inftrumental in for-warding the bufinefs. • They as well as many other gentlemen inftantly armed, and put themfelves in handfome array, plainly {hewing they were defirôus to gain renown. 2% CHAP.


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