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about him such as will rather stir him to displeasure than to quietness, as Gilbert Mahew and his brethren. There is a hundred hinderers of the peace rather than one furtherer : therefore it were good that we took good heed to ourselves, if we have war, to know who shall aid us and how we shall get us love among you rulers of such a craft and such a craft. Cause to-morrow to come into the fields as many men as ye can get, and there we shall see how able every man is and how they be furnished. It is better to be advised betime than too late : this shall cost us nothing, and yet we shall be the more feared and drad.' They all answered and said: 'It is well devised so let it be done.' The next day they went out all at Bruges gate and so went into the fields in a fair plain without Gaunt called Andrehen. Then John Lyon beheld them gladly, for they were a ten thousand and all well armed: then he said: `Behold, here is a goodly company': and when he had been there a certain space and had gone all about them, then he said : ` Sirs, I counsel, let us go to the earl's place hereby, sith we be so near it, for it is shewed me how he maketh there great provision : it may fortune to be great prejudice to our town of Gaunt.' They all agreed thereto, and so came to Andrehen, the which was as then without any great keeping or defence. So they entered and sought all about the house, and anon this ungracious company pilled and robbed it of all that ever they found there: there was within it much riches, for the earl had made there his wardrobe. John Lyon made semblant as though he had been sore displeased : howbeit, that was not so, as it appeared; for when they were departed from the castle and come again into the field, they looked behind them and saw all the place afire, and that the fire was more than in twenty places in the castle, so that it was not in the people's puissance to quench it, nor also they had no great will to do it. Then John Lyon, as though he had great marvel, said: `How cometh yonder fire in my lord's house?' And some answered and said : 'We cannot tell, but by adventure.' `Well,' quoth he, 'we cannot then amend it : it is better that it be brent by adventure rather than by us ; and also, all things con sidered, it was a perilous neighbour to us, for my lord might there a set such a garrison, that might have done us great damage, if we should have war with him.' They all answered and said: ` Ye say truth' ; and so returned into the town of Gaunt and did no more that day, for they had done evil enough and too much ; for it cost after more than two hundred thousand men's lives, and it was one of the principal things wherewith the earl was most displeased : and therefore John Lyon did it, because he would have no peace; for he knew well, whatsoever treaty were made, he was likely to lose his life. This castle of Andrehen had cost the earl of Flanders the building thereof two hundred thousand franks, and he loved it best of all the houses he had. The good men of Gaunt who desired to have had peace was of this adventure right sorrowful. Howbeit, they could not amend it, nor they durst make no words thereof, for the white hats said how the castle was brent by unhap and none otherwise. These tidings came to the earl of Flanders, who was at Male, and he that brought him word said : ` Sir, know for truth your fair house of Andrehen, the which bath cost you so much and that ye so well loved, is brent.' ` Brent ! ' quoth the earl. ` Yea surely, sir,' quoth he. `And how so?' quoth the earl. ` Sir, by unhap, as it is said.' ` Ah,' quoth the earl, ` that deed shall never have peace in Flanders as long as John Lyon liveth. He bath covertly made it to be set afire, but it shall be dearly bought.' Then he made the burgesses of Gaunt to come before him and said to them : ` Ah, ye evil and unhappy people, ye pray me with sword in the hand. I have granted to you all your requests as ye will yourselves, and now your folks have brent my house, the which I loved among all other. Think they not that they have done me despite enough in sla



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