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cued: howbeit there was no succour appeared. The Scots on mornings and nights made many skryes to trouble the host, but little hurt they did ; for the English host was so well kept that the Scots could not enter but to their damage, and oftentimes lost of their men. And when they of Berwick saw that no comfort nor aid came to them from any part, and that their victuals began to fail, and how they were enclosed both by water and by land, then they began to fall in a treaty with the king of England, and desired a truce to endure a month : and if within the month king David their lord, or some other for him, come not by force to raise the siege, then they to render up the city, their lives and goods saved, and that the soldiers within might safely go into their country without any damage. This treaty was not lightly granted ; for the king of England would have had them yielded simply, to have had his pleasure of some of them, because they had held so long against him : but finally he was content by the counsel of his lords. And also sir Robert of Artois did put thereto his pain, who had been all that journey with the king, and had shewed him always how he was next inheritor to the crown of France. He would gladly that the king should have made war into France, and aleft the wars of Scotland. So his words and others inclined greatly the king to condescend to the treaty of Berwick ; so this truce and treaty was granted. Then they within the city sent word to their king in what case they stood ; but for all that they could find no remedy to raise the siege; so the city was delivered up at the end of the month, and also the castle ; and the marshals of the host took possession for the king of England, and the burgesses of the city came and did their fealty and homage to the king, and sweae to hold of him. Then after the kingenteredwith great solemnityand tarried there twelve days, and made a captain there called sir Edward Balliol : and when the king departed, he left with the said knight certain young knights and squires, to help to keep the lands that he had conquered of the Scots and the frontiers thereof. Then the king and his people returned to London, and every man into their own countries; and the king went to Windsor, and sir Robert of Artois with him, who never ceased day nor night in shewing the king what right he had to the crown of France: and the king hearkened gladly to his words. Thus in this season the king of England won the most part of the realm of Scotland, who had many expert knights about him t among other was sir William Montague and sir Walter of Manny ; they were hardy knights and did many deeds of arms against the Scots. And the better to have their entry into Scotland, they fortified the bastide of Roxburgh and made it a strong castle, and sir William Montague did so well in all his enterprises that the king made him earl of Salisbury and married him nobly. And also the lord of Manny was made of the king's privy council and well advanced in the court. True it was that some of the knights of Scotland did ever the annoyance they could to the Englishmen, and kept them in the wild country among marishes and great forests, so that no man could follow them. Some season the Englishmen followed them so near, that all day they scrimmished together ; and in a scrimmish this said lord William Montague lost one of his eyen. In the said forest the old king Robert of Scotland did keep himself, when king Edward the first conquered nigh all Scotland, for he was so often chased that none durst lodge him in castle nor fortress for fear of the said king. And ever when the king was returned into England, then he would gather together again his people, and conquer towns, castles and fortresses, just to Berwick, some by battle and some by fair speech and love. And when the said king Edward heard thereof, then would he assemble his power and win the realm of Scotland again. Thus the chance went between these two foresaid kings. It was shewed me how that this king Robert won and lost his realm five times. So this continued



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