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make accord and agreement between our lord the earl of Flanders and us of Gaunt. Finally at their requests and by the help of my lady of Brabant, who sent thither her council and the duke Aubert his, so that by their means the good town of Gaunt is come to a peace and to agreement with our lord the earl in this manner, that two hundred men of ours, such as he shall send us their names in writing within fifteen days, we must send them into the earl's prison at Lille, to put them clearly to his mercy and pleasure. He is so free and so noble, that it is no doubt but that he will have mercy on them.' With those words Peter du Bois stept forth and said: `Gilbert Grutere, how durst you be so bold to make such agreement as to send two hundred of our men of Gaunt into the town of our enemy in great rebuke and shame to all the town of Gaunt? It were better Gaunt were turned up-se-down, than they of Gaunt should have such reproach as to make war and end it so shamefully. We that have heard you may well know that ye shall be none of the two hundred prisoners, nor also Simon Bette. Ye have chosen for yourself; now then we will choose for ourself. On forth, Philip d'Arteveld, set hands on these false traitors, that would betray and dishonour the town of Gaunt.' Therewith Peter du Bois drew out his dagger and came to Gilbert Grutere and strake him into the belly, and so he fell down dead. And Philip d'Arteveld drew out his dagger and he strake Simon Bette and slew him in like wise, and then they cried, ` Treason, treason !' And they that were slain had of their men above and beneath, for they were men of great lineage and the richest men of the town ; but they gat themselves out of the town to save themselves, so that there was no more done but they two slain: but to appease the people and to bring them to their belief they sent out of their men crying and saying These false traitors, Gilbert Grutere and Simon Bette, would have betrayed the town of Gaunt.' Thus the matter passed ; these two notable men were slain and no man to revenge them. And when the earl of Flanders, being at Bruges, heard of these tidings, he was sore displeased and said: 'At the desire of my cousins of Brabant I lightly agreed to have peace with them of Gaunt, and now and before this time they have wrought falsely ; but I will they know that they shall never have peace again with me, but I will have them at my pleasure.' Thus there was slain in the town of Gaunt these two valiant men, rich and sage : they might each of them spend of their own patrimony two thousand franks yearly. They were sore bemoaned privily, but none durst speak of them openly. Thus the war was more fiercer than it was before ; for they of the garrisons about Gaunt were night and day busy to stop all provision coming to Gaunt, so that they of Brabant nor of Hainault durst not adventure to bring anything to Gaunt ; for if the earl's men met any victuallers, they would slay their horses and bring them prisoners into Oudenarde or Termonde, so that all victuallers feared the peril thereof.

SUMMARY.-The commons of Paris made rebellion, breaking up prisons and robbing houses. The king and his uncles sent the lord of Coucy to appease them.

CHAPTERS CCCLXXXVIII-CCCXCV

SUMMARY.-The lord of Coucy made a treaty with the Parisians, that instead of the taxes of which they complained they should pay 10,000 franks weekly to a receiver, to be spent on paying men of war; and the commons of Rouen, who also rose, came to a like treaty. The king of England was married to the lady Anne of Bohemia. The duke of Anjou passed into Italy with thirty thousand men and entered into Puglia and Calabria.

In the mean time the English and Gascons continued to fight and plunder in Spain, until peace was made against their will, and the king of Castile was married to the daughter of the king of Portugal.




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