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hands on, and forced and ravished ladies and damosels, and did such shameful deeds that no human creature ought to think on any such, and he that did most mischief was most praised with them and greatest master. I dare not write the horrible deeds that they did to ladies and damosels among other they slew a knight and after did put him on a broach and roasted him at the fire in the sight of the lady his wife and his children ; and after the lady had been enforced and ravished with a ten or twelve, they made her perforce to eat of her husband and after made her to die an evil death and all her children. They made among them a king, one of Clermont in Beauvoisin they chose him that was the most ungraciousest of all other and they called him king Jaques Goodman, and so thereby they were called companions of the Jaquery. They destroyed and brent in the country of Beauvoisin about Corbie, Amiens and Montdidier more than threescore good houses and strong castles. In like manner these unhappy people were in Brie and Artois, so that all the ladies, knights and squires of that country were fain to fly away to Meaux in Brie, as well the duchess of Normandy and the duchess of Orleans as divers other ladies and damosels, or else they had been violated and after murdered. Also there were a certain of the same ungracious people between Paris and Noyon and between Paris and Soissons, and all about in the land of Coucy, in the county of Valois, in the bishopric of Laon,1 Noyon and Soissons. There were brent and destroyed more than a hundred castles and good houses of knights and squires in that country. Flanders, to Brabant, to Hainault and to Hesbaye. So there came from all parts ; and so all these gentlemen strangers with them of the country assembled together and did set on these people where they might find them, and slew and hanged them upon trees by heaps. The king of Navarre on a day slew of them more than three thousand beside Clermont in Beauvoisin. It was time to take them up, for an they had been all together assembled, they were more than a hundred thousand; and when they were demanded why they did so evil deeds, they would answer and say they could not tell, but that they did as they saw other do, thinking thereby to have destroyed all the nobles and gentlemen of the world. In the same season the duke of Normandy departed from Paris and was in doubt of the king of Navarre and of the provost of the merchants and of his sect, for they were all of one accord. He rode to the bridge of Charenton on the river of Marne, and there he made a great summons of gentlemen and then defied the provost of the merchants and all his aiders. Then the provost was in doubt of him, that he would in the night-time come and overrun the city of Paris, the which as then was not closed. Then he set workmen a-work as many as he could get, and made great dikes all about Paris and began walls and gates he had the space of one whole year a three hundred workmen continually working. It was a great deed to furnish an arm and to close with defence such a city as Paris surely it was the best deed that ever any provost did there, for else it had been after divers times overrun and robbed by divers occasions.


How the provost of the merchants of Paris caused walls to be made about the city of Paris.

WHEN the gentlemen of Beauvoisin, of Corbiois, of Vermandois and of other lands, whereas these mischievous people were conversant, saw the woodness among them, they sent for succours to their friends into

1 The translator, partly following a corrupt text, says, ' bytwene Brieche and Loan.' The true reading is `en l'eveschiet de Laon.'


Of the battle at Meaux in Brie, where the companions of the Jaquery were discomfited by the earl of Foix and the captal of Buch.

IN the season while these ungracious people reigned, there came out of Pruce the earl of Foix and the captal of Buch his cousin, and in their way they heard, as they should have entered into France, of the great mischief that fell among the nobleme

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