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of Montreuil, he shall put his hands between the hands of the king of France for the said earldom. And he that shall speak for the king of France shall address his words to the king and earl and say thus: Ye shall become liege man to the king of France, my lord here present, as earl of Ponthieu and Montreuil, and to him promise to bear faith and troth: say "Yea." And the king, earl of Ponthieu, saith "Yea." Then the king of France receveh the king and earl to this said homage, by his faith and by his mouth, saving his right and all other. And after this manner it shall be done and renewed as often as homage should be done. And of that we shall deliver, and our successors, dukes of Guyenne, after these said homages made, letters patents sealed with our great seal, if the king of France require it : and beside that we promise in good faith to hold and to keep effectuously the peace and concord made between the kings of France and the kings of England, dukes of Guyenne,' etc. These letters the lords of France brought to the king their lord, and the king caused them to be kept in his chancery.

CHAPTER XXV

How the lord sir Robert of Artois was chased out of the realm of France.


THE man in the world that most aided king Philip to attain to the crown of France was sir Robert earl of Artois, who was one of the most sagest and greatest lords in France, and of high lineage extraught, from the blood royal, and had to his wife [the] sister -german to the said king Philip, and always was his chief and special companion and lover in all his estates. And the space of three year all that was done in the realm of France was done by his advice, and without him nothing was done. And after it fortuned that this king Philip took a marvellous great displeasure and hatred against this nobleman sir Robert of Artois, for a plea that was moved before him whereof the earl of Artois was cause. 1 For he would have won

1 This should be: ` Whereof the earldom of Artois was cause, the which the said sir Robert would have won by,' etc. The translator mistook ` la come' for ' le come,' as he has several times done elsewhere.


his intent by the virtue of a letter that he laid forth the which was not true, as it was said : wherefore the king was in such displeasure, that if be had taken him in his ire, surely it had cost him his life without remedy. So this sir Robert was fain to void the realm of France and went to Namur, to the earl John his nephew. Then the king took the earl's wife and her two sons, who were his own nephews, John and Charles, and did put them in prison, and were kept straitly, and the king sware that they should never come out of prison as long as they lived: the king's mind would not be turned by no manner of means. Then the king in his fury sent hastily to the bishop Raoul r of Liege, and desired him at his instance that he would defy and make war against the earl of Namur, without he would put out of his country sir Robert earl of Artois. And this bishop, who greatly loved the king of France and but little loved his neighbours, did as the king desired him. Then the earl of Namur sore against his will caused the earl of Artois to avoid his land. Then this earl sir Robert went to the duke of Brabant, his cousin, who right joyously received him and did him great comfort : and as soon as the king of France knew that, he sent word to the duke that if he would sustain, maintain or suffer the earl of Artois in his country, he should have no greater enemy than he would be to him, and that he would make war against him and all his to the best of his power with all the realm of France. Then the duke sent the earl of Artois privily to Argenteul, to the intent to see what the king would do further in the case and anon the king knew it, for he had spies in every corner. The king had great despite that the duke should so deal with him ; and within a brief space after the king purchased so by reason of his gold and silver, that the king of Bohemia, who was cousin-german to the duke of Brabant, and the bishop of Liege, the archbishop of Cologne, the duke of Gueldres, the marquis of Juliers, the earl
1 Aoul (or Adolf) de la Marck




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