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keep the market-place all night till the next day, that they might see that they were lords of all the town: and they were straitly commanded that they should do no hurt to any merchant stranger being then in Bruges, saying how it were no reason that they should take hurt for their war. This commandment was well kept. The chief occasion fell on the four mestiers,1 for they had always been favourable to the earl before Oudenarde and in other places. The Gauntois went all about searching for them, and as they were found they were slain without mercy. The same night there were slain more than twelve hundred, what of one and other, with many other robberies and evil deeds, the which came not all to knowledge, as divers houses robbed and pilled, women defoiled and destroyed, and coffers broken up, so that the most poorest of Gaunt were then become rich. The Sunday in the morning the joyful tidings came to the town of Gaunt, how that their company had discomfited the earl and all his chivalry and were lords and masters of Bruges. Ve may well believe and know that this tidings greatly rejoiced the people, being before in tribulation, and so for joy they made divers processions lauding God in that he had so regarded them with his eye of pity, and so comforted them as to give them victory of their enemies, and so always there came fresh tidings to them of their victory, whereby they were so rejoiced, that they wist not what to do. The lord of Herselle, who was as then abiding in Gaunt, if he had taken the same Sunday or the Monday after a three or four thousand men in harness and gone to Oudenarde, he had taken the town at his pleasure; for they of the town were so abashed when they heard the tidings, that nigh for fear they had fled out of the town into Hainault or into other places to have saved themselves. Thereto they were ready apparelled, but when they saw that they of Gaunt came not to them-ward, then courage came to them, and also such knights as came thither did comfort them, as sir John Baronaige, sir Thierry d'Anvaing and sir

1 `The pursuit of the Gauntois was directed upon the four crafts of Bruges, brokers, glass-makers, butchers and fishmongers, to slay all without delay, as many as might be found.' But for `verriers' we ought to read `vieswariers,' a word of uncertain meaning.

Florent of Heule, these three knights comforted them of Oudenarde unto such time as sir Daniel of Halewyn come thither from the earl, as ye shall hear after. There were never people that did with their enemies as they of Gaunt did with them of Bruges: they did hurt no man of any of the small crafts of the town, without he were sore accused. When Philip d'Arteveld and the captains of Gaunt saw how they were lords of Bruges, and all at their commandment and under their obeisance, then they made a cry that every man on pain of death should draw to their lodgings and not to rob nor pill nor to make no debate, without they were commanded. Then it was enquired if any man knew where the earl was become: some said how he was fled the Saturday, and some other said how he was still in the town hid, and could not be found. The captains of Gaunt took little heed thereof, for they were so rejoiced with their victory that they cared for nothing, nother for earl, baron, knight nor other in all Flanders : they reputed themselves so great that they thought to have all under their obeisance. Then Philip d'Arteveld and Peter du Bois remembered that when they departed from Gaunt they left no victual nor other purveyance in the town: therefore they sent straight a certain number of men to Damme and to Sluys, to the intent to be lords thereof and of the victual in them ; and when such as were sent came to Damme, they opened the gates to them, and all that was in the town was put into their hands, and everything at their commandment. Then there was taken out of the fair cellars the good wines of Poitou, of Gascony and of Rochelle and of other far countries, a five or six thousand tuns, and it was laid into ships and into carts and conveyed to Gaunt, what by land and by water :. and then they went farther and came to Sluys, which town incontinent was opened to them and put under their obeisance ; and there they found great quantity of corn and meal in ships and cellars of merchants strangers ; . so all was bought and paid for and sent to Gaunt by water and by land. Thus the town of Gaunt was refreshed and delivered from misery by the grace of God ; otherwise it could not have been done. The Gauntois then ought well to remember that God plainly had holpen

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