"By my faith," answered Philip
, "I shall know how to do all of this."
"Just as well," said Pieter
. "You will be just as I thought, leader of all the others."
With that he took leave of him, departing his house and returning to his own. The night passed, and day came again. Pieter van den Bossche
arrived at a square where over four thousand men of his faction, and others, were assembled to hear news and to find out what they should do, and who would be made supreme commander of the town. The lord of Herzeele
was there, by whom a fair proportion of the business and affairs of Ghent
was conducted, but he would not get involved outside of the town. Some other townsmen were nominated there, and Pieter van den Bossche
listened attentively to everything.
When he had heard enough, he raised his voice and said, "Sirs, I firmly believe that what you say stems from the great affection and stout resolve you have for protecting the honour and profit of the town of Ghent
, and that those whom you have put forward are capable and worthy of having a part in the government of the town of Ghent
, but I know of one who has no designs whatsoever on the position, yet if he would wish to intervene, there could not be anyone more suited, nor of a more favourable name."
Thus Pieter van den Bossche
was called upon to name him, which he did, saying, "It is Philip van Artevelde
, who was christened at St. Peter's22
by that gracious queen of England
, who was his godmother at that time when his father, Jacob van Artevelde
, lay outside Tournai
with the king of England
, the duke of Brabant
, the duke of Guelders
and the count of Hainault
Jacob van Artevelde
, his father, governed the town of Ghent
and the land of Flanders
better than it has ever been governed since, going on all I have heard daily from the agèd inhabitants who had knowledge of it. The rights of the town were never so well defended as they were in his time, for Flanders
had been lost for a time when he recovered it through his good sense and wisdom. And believe me, we should favour the limbs and branches descending from such a valiant man as he, rather than from any other."
As soon as Pieter van den Bossche
had said his piece, Philip van Artevelde
entered the hearts and minds of all manner of people, filling them with such confidence that they all declared with one voice,
"Let him be sent for! We want no other."
"No," said Pieter van den Bossche
, "we will not send for him. It would be much better for us to go to him. We do not know yet how he will react, nor how he may be disposed to deal with us."
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Of the statutes of Ghent, how the war resumed between the king of Portugal and the king of Spain, and of the visit by the English.
At these words all of those present, and others besides who were following them on the road, made their way to Philip
's house, who had been notified of their approach. The lord of Herzeele
, Pieter van den Bossche
, Pieter de Wintere
and around ten or twelve deans of the minor trades, expressed to Philip
how the town of Ghent
was in great want of a governor and overlord to whom those outside and within might rally, and that all manner of people residing in Ghent
had given him their vote and chosen him to be their supreme governor. pb 67 v