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but all only to render the county of Ponthieu, the which was given with queen Isabel in marriage with the king of England. So this parliament brake up and nothing done, but the truce to be relonged two years longer : that was all that the cardinals could get. Then every man departed, and the two cardinals went through Hainault at the desire of the earl, who feasted them nobly.

CHAPTER LXIV

Now speaketh the history of the wars of Bretayne. and how the duke died without heir, whereby the dissension fell.

WHEN that this said truce was agreed and sealed before the city of Tournay, every lord and all manner of people dislodged, and every man drew into his own country. The duke of Bretayne, who had been there with the French king, as well furnished as any other prince that was there, departed homeward ; and in his way a sickness took him, so that he died : at which time he had no child, nor had never none, by the duchess, nor had no trust to have. He had a brother by the father's side called earl of Montfort, who was as then living, and he had to his wife [the] sister to the earl Louis of Flanders. This said duke had another brother, both by father and mother, who was as then dead ; and he had a daughter alive, and the duke her uncle had married her to the lord Charles of Blois, eldest son of the earl Guy of Blois, that the same earl had by the sister of king Philip of France, who as then reigned, and had promised with her in marriage the duchy of Bretayne after his decease. For he doubted that the earl Montfort would claim the inheritance as next of blood, and yet he was not his proper brother-german, and the duke thought that the daughter of his brothergerman ought by reason to be more near to the inheritance after his decease than the earl Montfort his brother. And because he feared that after his decease the earl of Montfort would take away the right from his young niece, therefore he married her with the said sir Charles of Blois, to the intent that king Philip, uncle to her husband, should aid to keep her right against the earl Montfort, if he meddle anything in the matter. As soon as the earl Montfort knew that the duke his brother was dead, he went incontinent to Nantes, the sovereign city of all Bretayne ; and he did so much to the burgesses and to the people of the country thereabout, that he was received as their chief lord, as most next of blood to his brother deceased, and so did to him homage and fealty. Then he and his wife, who had both the hearts of a lion, determined with their counsel to call a court and to keep a solemn feast at Nantes at a day limited, against the which day they sent for all the nobles and counsels of the good towns of Bretayne, to be there to do their homage and fealty to him as to their sovereign lord. In the mean season, or this feast began, the earl Montfort with a great number of men of war departed from Nantes and went to Limoges ;1 for he was informed that the treasure that his father2 had gathered many a day before was there kept secret. When he came there he entered into the city with great triumph, and did him much honour, and was nobly received of the burgesses, of the clergy and of the commons, and they all did him fealty as to their sovereign lord ; and by such means as he found, that great treasure was delivered to him: and when he had tarried there at his pleasure, he departed with all his treasure and came to Nantes to the countess his wife. And so there they tarried in great joy till the day came of the feast, and made great provisions against the same. And when the day came and no man appeared for no commandment except one knight, called sir Herve de Leon, a noble and a puissant man ; so they kept the feast a three days as well as they might with such as were there. Then it was determined to retain soldiers a-horseback and afoot, and so to dispend his great treasure to attain to his purpose of the duchy and to constrain all rebels to come to mercy. So soldiers were retained on all sides and largely paid, so that they had a great number afoot and a-horseback,



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