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hart according at the king's desire did bear him over all the great woods and trees, and there he saw how his falcon beat down great plenty of fowls, so that it was marvel to behold; and then it seemed to the king, when his falcon had long flown and beaten down many herons, then he thought he called to her, and incontinent the falcon came and sat her down on his fist : and then 'the hart flew again over the woods and brought the king to the same laund, whereas the constable tarried for him, who had great joy of his coming. And as soon as he was alighted, he thought the hart departed, and then never saw him after : and so there the king thought how he shewed to the constable how that the hart had borne him easily, he never rode so easily before, and also he thought he shewed him of the bounty of his falcon. And therewith it seemed to him that his varlets came to them and brought them their horses, and so they mounted and took the high way, and so came again to Arras. And therewith the king awoke and had great marvel of that vision, and he remembered everything thereof right well and shewed it to them of his chamber that were about him ; and the figure of this hart pleased him so much, that all his imagination was set thereon. And this was one of the first incidents that when he went into Flanders to fight with the Flemings, he took to his device to bear the flying hart. Philip d'Arteveld, for all his good adventure at the beginning of his battle against them of Bruges, and for all the good fortune that he had in the discomfiture of the earl and of them of Bruges, yet for all that he was no subtle man of war, nother in assaulting nor laying of siege ; for he had not been brought up therein in his youth ; he had been more used to fish with an angle rod in the river of l'Escault : the which well appeared while he lay at siege before Oudenarde, for he could not get the town. He thought by presumption that the sight of him should have made them of Oudenarde to have yielded them to him; but they were nothing so disposed, for they bare themselves like valiant men and made oftentimes scrimmishes at the barriers and slew and hurt divers of the Flemings, and drew again into their town without any damage. And of such issues Lambert of Lambres and Tristram his brother and the lord of Levreghien bare the greatest renown. The Flemings saw well how the dikes of the town were large and full of water, so that they could not approach to assail it but with much pain and danger. Then they determined among themselves to get faggots and straw and so to fill the dikes, to come to the walls to fight hand to hand; and as they ordained, so it was done. Howbeit, they within made no count of them, and said that, if there were no treason among themselves nor in the town, they would set nothing by the siege that they saw laid to them. And so therefore sir Daniel of Halewyn, who was captain there, to bring everything out of doubt kept himself day and night ever above them of the town, and he so ordained that there was none of them of the town should come on the walls of the town without company of some of the men of war : if they did, they lost their heads for their labours. Thus lay still this siege : the Flemings had great plenty of victuals coming to them by land and by water, for they were lords of all the country of Flanders ; for always for winning of money the countries of Flanders, Holland, Zealand and Brabant, and also part of Hainault by stealth, brought ever victuals to their host. This Philip d'Arteveld had ever his courage more English than French, and would gladly that he had been allied with the king of England, whereby he thought that if the French king or duke of Burgoyne came on him with an army, that he should be aided by the Englishmen. He had already in his host a two hundred archers of England, the which were stolen out of the garrison of Calais, and so took wages there of him and were weekly paid.

CHAPTERS CCCCVII-CCCCX

SUMMARY.-Philip d'Arteveld wrote to the king of France asking him to mediate between the Flemings and t



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