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made them right good cheer and so did all the lords ; and when they had been there a day, then they returned to Oudenarde to their company.


SUMMARY.-The town of Bruges was spared from plunder, paying sixscore thousand franks. The country of Hainault, which was threatened by the Bretons because the earl had not taken part in the war against the Flemings, was saved by the earl of Blois and others. Peter du Bois persuaded the Gauntois to shut their gates and defend themselves. On hearing of the defeat of Rosebeque the English broke off their treaty with the Flemings. The French king returned to Tournay, the season being too late to lay siege to Ghent, and many of the strange lords departed to their homes.


How the French king came to Paris, and how he caused to be put down the chains and harness in the town, and how the Parisians were ransomed at his pleasure.

SUMMARY. -They of Ghent sent an embassy to the king at Tournay, offering to put themselves under his lordship, but not willing to accept again the earl of Flanders for their lord. After Christmas the king went to Arras, leaving captains in the town of Flanders and appointing the lord of Ghistelles to be Regard of Flanders.

THE text continues thus : The king tarried at Arras, and the city was in a great adventure to have been overrun and robbed with the Bretons, for there was great wages owing to them ; also they had endured great travail in that voyage and they were not well content with the king, it was great pain to refrain them from doing evil. The constable and marshals of France appeased them, promising how they should be clearly paid of their wages, when they came to Paris. So thus the king departed and went to Peronne : the earl of Flanders took leave of the king and went to Lille. So long the king journeyed that he passed Peronne, Noyon and Compiegne, and so came to Senlis and there rested; and all his men of war were lodged in the villages between Senlis and Meaux in Brie and on the river of Marne and about Saint-Denis, so that all the country was full of men of war. And so then the king departed from Senlis and went toward Paris; and he sent before his officers to prepare for him his lodging at the castle of Louvre, and also his three uncles sent of their servants to prepare their lodgings, and in like wise so did other lords : and all this was done for a cautel and wile, for the king nor his lords were not determined to enter so suddenly into Paris, for they doubted them of Paris ; but they did this to prove what countenance and order they of Paris would make at the king's entry ; they thought they would make this assay before. The servants that went before were commanded to say, if any man demanded of them if the king were coming, that they would be there incontinent : by the which the Parisians advised among themselves to be armed and to shew the king at his entry what puissance they were of and what men of war they were able to make to serve the king, when it pleased him: but they had been better to have sitten still in their houses, for the shew that they made was converted to their great servitude, as ye shall hear after. They said they did it for good, but it was taken to evil. And whereas the king should have lodged at Louvre, he made his lodging to be prepared at Bourget: and then voice ran through Paris how the king was near at hand to enter into Paris. Then more than twenty thousand Parisians armed them and issued out into the fields and ordered themselves in a fair battle between Saint-Lazare and Paris toward Montmartre, and they had with them cross-bows, pavises and malles ready apparelled, as though they should have fought incontinent in battle. The king was as then at Bourget, and all the lords, and thither to them was brought all the tidings of all the demeanour of them of Paris. Then the lords said : `Ah, ye may seethe pride of these ribalds : wherefore do they now shew their estate? If they would have served the king in the

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