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of Gaunt, who had nothing to live by, if ye had not come. First laud and praise be to God, and then to you.' And so these chares were conveyed into the market-place and there discharged ; and so this corn was divided and delivered by weight to them that had most need, and so five thousand of them of Gaunt conveyed again these chares into Brabant out of danger. All this knew well the earl of Flanders, being at Bruges, and knew well they of Gaunt were so sore constrained, that they could not long endure. He was nothing sorry of their poverty, no more were his council, who would gladly have seen the destruction of the town, as Gilbert Mahew and his brethren with other. All this fell in the Lent in the month of March and April the year of our Lord God a thousand three hundred fourscore and one.' The earl of Flanders was in purpose to come more puissantly than ever he did to lay siege before Gaunt, and was determined to enter on the Four Mestiers and to bren all before him, because they had aided Gaunt with victual. The earl sent his mind and intent to all the good towns of Flanders, commanding them to be ready, for the procession day once past at Bruges, he said he would depart to go and lay siege before Gaunt, and also he wrote to all knights and squires that held of him in Hainault, that they should be with him at Bruges within eight days after.

CHAPTER CCCXCVH

The hard answer that the earl of Flanders made to them of Gaunt. And of the number of men of arms that were then at Paris in France.

FOR all the summons that the earl of Flanders made, yet the duchess of Brabant and the duke Aubert and the bishop of Liege travailed so much with the earl, that a day was set that their council should meet to treat for a peace in the city of Tournay. Though the earl were loath thereto, yet at the desire of these lords he agreed to have a council for that matter in the city of Tournay the week after Easter the year of our Lord a thousand three hundred fourscore and two, and to be there himself.

1 The vear is reckoned, as usual by Froissart, to begin at Easter, which fell on 6th April.

At this day assigned, thither came the bishop of Liege, and of the good towns to the number of twelve, and sir Lambert of Oupey, a right sage knight. Also the duchess of Brabant sent thither the most notablest persons of her council and certain of every good town. Also duke Aubert sent thither out of the county of Hainault his council, as sir Simon de Lalain his bailiff and divers other. All these came to Tournay in Easter week: and they of Gaunt sent thither twelve notable- persons, whereof Philip d'Arteveld was chief; and all they of Gaunt were agreed, whatsoever end these twelve made, so that none of them should suffer death, if it pleased the earl they were content to be banished Gaunt and the county of Flanders for ever, and so hereupon they were concluded. And Philip d'Arteveld had so much pity of the common people, that for all the displeasure that he had done to the earl, yet he was content to put himself into the earl's mercy. And so when he departed from Gaunt to go to Tournay, men, women and children fell down on their knees before him holding up their hands, desiring him, whatsoever mischief they endured, that he would bring them peace ; of the which cry he had such pity, that he was determined to do as it is skewed before. When they of Liege, of Hainault and of Brabant had been in Tournay the space of three days after the day appointed was past, and saw that the earl came not nor was not coming, they had great marvel and then took counsel together and determined to send to Bruges to him, and so they did. And they sent to him sir Lambert of Oupey, and of Brabant the lord of Crupelant, and of Hainault sir William of Herimez, and six burgesses of the three countries. And when the earl saw these three knights, he made them great cheer, as it was reason, and when he knew their message, he answered them how it was not his ease to come to Tournay as at that time ; howbeit, he said, because they were come and travailed to have him



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