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to the king of France. Then the French king complained to pope Clement the sixth, whereupon the pope did cast such a sentence of cursing, that no priest durst sing or say there any divine service ; whereof the Flemings sent a great complaint unto the king of England, who to appease them sent them word, that when he came over the sea, he would bring priests out of his country to sing masses, whether the pope would or not, for he said he had privilege so to do : and so by that means the Flemings were somewhat appeased. And when the French king saw that he could not turn the Flemings from their opinion, then he commanded them of the garrisons of Tournay, Lille, and Douay and other to make war on the Flemings and to overrun the country. And so sir John de Roye and sir Matthew de Trie, marshal of France, and sir Godemar du Fay, and divers other lords made an army of a thousand men of arms and three hundred crossbows, what of Tournay, Lille and Douay. And so in an evening they departed from Tournay, and by that it was day in the morning, they were before Courtray. By that time the sun was up, they had gathered together all the cattle thereabout ; and some of them ran to the gates, and slew and hurt divers that they found without. And then they returned without any damage and drove before them all their preys, so that when they came to Tournay, they had more than ten thousand sheep and as many swine, beeves and kine, whereof the Flemings were sore troubled. THen Jaques d'Arteveld sware that it should be dearly revenged; and incontinent he commanded the good towns of Flanders, that their men of war should be with him before Tournay at a day assigned : and he wrote to the earl of Salisbury and to the earl of Suffolk, who were at Ypres, that they should be there at the same. And so against the day limited he went out of Gaunt and came to a place between Oudenarde and Tournay called the Pont de Fer, and there he lodged and tarried for the earls of England and for them of the Franc of Bruges. The said two earls thought for I The pope at this time was in fact Benedict XII. : Clement VI. became pope in 1342. their honour the enterprise should not be delayed by them, and so sent to Jaques d'Arteveld promising him not to fail to be at the day appointed. And so on a day they departed from Ypres with a fifty spears and a forty cross-bows, and went toward the place whereas Jaques d'Arteveld abode for them. And as they passed by the town of Lille, they were perceived ; and they of the town issued out with a fifteen hundred men afoot and a-horseback, and went in three parts, to the intent that the earls should not scape them.' So these two earls rode forth by the guiding of sir Waflard de la Croix, who had kept long war against them of Lille, and he knew all the ways of the country and as then was at Ypres ; and so he came forth with these earls to be their guide and he had well guided them. And they of Lille had newly made a great dike, whereas there was never none before and when sir Waflard had brought them thither and saw how the way was newly stopped, he said to the earls of England, `Sirs, I see well we cannot pass without the danger of them of Lille : wherefore I counsel, let us turn again and take some other way.' Then the lords said, `Nay, sir Waflard, it shall never be said that we will go out of our way for fear of them of Lille ; therefore ride on before : we have promised Jaques d'Arteveld to be with him this day.' And so the Englishmen rode forth without fear. Then sir Waflard said, `Sirs, ye have taken me in this viage to be your guide, and I have been with you all this winter in Ypres, whereof I am much bound to you. but if they of Lille issue out upon us, have no trust that I will abide them, for I will save myself as soon as I can ; for if I were taken, it should cost me my life, the which I love better than your company.' Then the lords did laugh at him and said, `Well, an if it be so, we hold you well excused.' And as he imagined, so it befell ; for or they were ware, they were in danger of the French bushment, who cried




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