every day once or twice they were ever brought again within a quarter of a mile to the same castle. At the last it fortuned, sir Henry Beaumont, son to the viscount Beaumont in England, entered into a barge and certain company with him, and spied this vessel and rowed after him so long that the ship wherein the king was could not flee fast before them, but finally they were overtaken, and so brought again to the town of Bristow and delivered to the queen and her son as prisoners. Thus it befell of this high and hardy enterprise of sir John of Hainault and his company. For when they departed and entered into their ships at Dordrecht, they were but three hundred men of arms ; and thus by their help and the lords in England,' the queen Isabel conquered again all her estate and dignity, and put unto execution all her enemies, whereof all the most part of the realm were right joyous, without it were a few persons such as were favourable to sir Hugh Spencer and of his part. And when the king and sir Hugh Spencer were brought to Bristow by the said sir Henry Beaumont, the king was then sent by the counsel of all the barons and knights to the strong castle of Berkeley, and put tinder good keeping and honest, and there were ordained people of estate about him, such as knew right well what they ought to do ; but they were straitly commanded that they should in no wise suffer him to pass out of the castle. And sir Hugh Spencer was delivered to sir Thomas Wake, marshal of the host. And after that the queen departed and all her host toward London, which was the chief city of England, and so rid forth on their journeys, and sir Thomas Wake caused sir Hugh Spencer to be fast bound on the least and leanest 2 horse of all the host, and caused him to wear on a tabard such as traitors and thieves were wont to wear.
1 `And the lords in England,' is added by the translator.
2 This is a correction of the words 'best and leviest,' which I take to be a misprint for 'lest and lenest.' The original is ` sur le plus petit et le plus maigre cheval.' In what follows the translator has added the explanation, ` such as traitors and thieves were wont to wear,' which is certainly wrong, for Froissart says it was a tabard with the arms that sir Hugh Spencer was wont to. bear, put upon him here in derision. And thus be was led in scorn after the queen's route throughout all the towns as they passed, with trumps and canayrs to do him the greater despite, till at the last they came to the city of Hereford,' whereas the queen was honourably received with great solemnity and all her company, and there she kept the feast of All Saints with great royalty, for the love of her son and strangers that were there.
How sir Hugh Spencer was put to his judgment.
WHEN this feast was done, then sir Hugh Spencer, who was nothing beloved, was brought forth before the queen and all the lords and knights, and there before him in writing was rehearsed all his deeds, against the which he could give no manner of answer. And so he was then judged by plain sentence, first to be drawn on an hurdle with trumps and trumpets through all the city of Hereford, and after to be brought into the market-place, whereas all the people were assembled, and there to be tied on high upon a ladder that every man might see him; and in the same place there to be made a great fire, and there his privy members cut from him, because they reputed him as an heretic and so deemed, and so to be brent in the fire before his face; and then his heart to be drawn out of his body and cast into the fire, because he was a false traitor of heart, and that by his traitor's counsel and exhortation the king had shamed his realm and brought it to great mischief, for he had caused to be beheaded the greatest lords of his realm, by whom the realm ought to have been sustained and defended; and he had so induced the king that he would not see the queen his wife nor Edward his eldest son, and caused him to chase them out of the realm for fear of their lives ; and then his head to be stricken off and sent to London. And according to his judgment he was executed. Then the queen and all her lords took their way toward London, and did so much by their journeys that they
1 Froissart evidently thought that Hereford was on the way from Bristol to London.