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peaceably to Paris, every man to his own lodging, and do off your harness, if ye intend that the king shall come hither.' `Sir,' quoth they, 'we shall with right a good will fulfil your commandment' : and so therewith they all returned into Paris, every man to his own house to unarm him. And the said four lords returned to the king and shewed unto him all the words that ye have heard before. Then it was determined that the king, his uncles and lords, and certain men of arms with them, should enter into Paris, and the great band to bide without the city round about, to give the more fear to the Parisians. And the lord of Coucy and the marshal of Sancerre were ordained, that as soon as the king were entered into Paris, that they should take down the leaves of the gates of the four principals of the city, toward Saint-Denis and Saint-Maur, so that the gates might stand open day and night, for all manner of men of war to enter in and out at their pleasure, to the intent to master them of Paris, if need were; and also they to take down all the chains in every street, to ride in and out at their pleasure : and as it was ordained, so it was done. And so the king entered into Paris and lodged at Louvre, and his uncles by him, and the other lords in divers lodgings. So thus the gates were taken out of the gonds r and laid down on the ground, and the chains of every street taken down and brought into the palace. Then the Parisians were' in great doubt and feared that they should be overnin, so that none of them durst look out into the street, nor open door nor window: and thus they were a three days in great peril and fear to receive greater damage ; as they did, for it cost many of them great finance and ransom ; for they were called into the chamber of council one after another, such as the lords would have, and so there they were ransomed, some at six thousand franks, some at three and some at one ; so that there was levied in Paris to the king's profit, to his uncles' and to his ministers', the sum of four hundred thousand franks: there was nothing demanded of the poor people, but of the great masters and such as might bear it.: they were right happy that might escape
1 `Hors des gontz.' The word `gouges' in the translation is assumed to be a misprint for `gondes.'

with paying of ransom. And every man by himself was fain to bring their harness in sacks to the castle of Beaute, otherwise called the castle of Vincennes, and there it was closed in a great tower, and their malles also. Thus the Parisians were dealt withal, to give ensample to all other good towns of France, and there were raised up subsidies, gabelles, aids, fouages, douzimes, treizimes and all other such things, and also all the plain country about clean rifled.


SUMMARY.- Jean des Mares and many others were executed at Paris; and also in other towns, as Rouen, Rheims, Orleans, many were either put to death or ransomed. Francis A ckerman and the Gauntois took and plundered Ardenbourg.


Of the alliance that was purchased between the Englishmen and the Flemings, and of the bulls that pope Urban sent into England to destroy the Clementines.

THE earl of Flanders, who lay at Lille, understood how the Gauntois advanced themselves to ride and to overrun the country and to destroy that they might. He was right sore displeased : he thought they had not had the wit nor puissance so to do, sith that Philip d'Arteveld was dead. Howbeit, his council said to him: `Sir, ye know well and ye have always heard say how the Gauntois are right subtle people, the which they have well shewed and will shew; and also again they have been in England and are returned again: and specially Francis Ackerman, who was companion to Philip d'Arteveld in all his feats, as long as he liveth, ye shall have war with them. Also, sir, we know well he hath made great alliance with the king of England for the town of Gaunt and hath a certain pension out of England secretly by John Salemon, who is pure English and dwelleth under you in the town of Bruges, and hath done the space of this twenty-four year. And to verify that this is true, Rasse of Verde, Louis de Vos and John Scotelare

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