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These English lords did so much that Jaques d'Arteveld divers times had together the counsels of the good towns 1 to speak of the besynes that these lords of England desired, and of the franchises and amities that they offered them in the king of England's behalf. So often they spake of this matter, that finally they agreed that the king of England might come and go into Flanders at his pleasure. Howbeit they said they were so sore bound to the French king, that they might not enter into the realm of France to make any war, without they should forfeit a great sum of florins and so they desired that they would be content with this answer as at that time. The English lords returned again to Valenciennes with great joy. Oftentimes they sent word to the king of England how they sped, and ever he sent them gold and silver to bear their charges and to give to the lords of Almaine, who desired nothing else. In this season the noble earl of Hainault died, the sixth day of June the year of our Lord MCCCXXXVII., and was buried at the Friars in Valenciennes. The bishop of Cambray sang the mass: there were many dukes, earls and barons, for he was well beloved and honoured of all people in his life days. After his decease the lord William his son entered into the counties of Hainault, Holland and Zealand, who had to wife the daughter of duke John of Brabant, and had to name Jahane. She was endowed with the land of Binche, the which was a right fair heritage and a profitable; and the lady Jahane her mother went to Fontenelles on l'Escault, and there used the residue of her life in great devotion in the abbey there, and did many good deeds.

CHAPTER XXX

How certain nobles of Flanders kept the isle of Cadsand against the Englishmen.

OF all these ordinances and comforts that the king of England had got on that side of the sea, king Philip of France was well informed of all the matter, and would gladly have had the Flemings on his part.
1`Consulz des bonnes villes,' i.e. deputies representing them. It is the word used for the burgesses in the English parliament, see chap. 14.

But Jaques d Arteveld had so surmounted all manner of people in Flanders, that none durst say against his opinion ; nor the earl himself durst not well abide in the country, for he had sent the countess his wife and Louis his son into France for doubt of the Flemings. In this season there were in the isle of Cadsand certain knights and squires of Flanders in garrison, as sir Ducrel of Halewyn, sir John de Rhodes and the sons of Le Trief ; they kept that passage against the Englishmen and made covert war, whereof the English lords being in Hainault were well informed, and how that if they went that wayhomeward into England, they should be met withal to their displeasure: wherefore they were not well assured. Howbeit theyrode and went about the country at their pleasure; all was by the comfort of Jaques d'Arteveld, for he supported and honoured them as much as he might. And after these lords went to Dordrecht in Holland, and there they took shipping to eschew the passage of Cadsand, whereas the garrison was laid for them by the commandment of the French king. So these English lords came again into England, as privily as they could, and come to the king, who was right joyous of their coming; and when he heard of the garrison of Cadsand, he said he would provide for them shortly; and anon after he ordained the earl of Derby, sir Walter Manny and divers other knights and squires, with five hundred men of arms and two thousand archers, and they took shipping at London in the river of Thames. The first tide they went to Gravesend, the next day to Margate, and at the third tide they tools the sea and sailed into Flanders. So they apparelled themselves and came near to Cadsand.

CHAPTER XXXI

Of the battle of Cadsand between the Englishmen and the Frenchmen.

WHEN the Englishmen saw the town of Cadsand before them, they made them ready and had wind and tide to serve them. And so in the name of God and Saint

1 `Ducre' seems to be a title. The person in question is called by Froissart `Messires Jehans dit Ducres de Halluin.




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