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fall in like case; and we know not what shall daily fall; the chances of war be divers: wherefore, dear cousin, I require you to be better advised.' Then sir Louis said: `Sir, if ye keep not promise with me, know ye for truth that I shall depart out of your company and shall never serve nor love you again, while I live.' When sir Charles saw none other boot, he sent to Faouet for the two knights, and in a morning they were brought to sir Charles of Blois' tent : but for all that he could desire, he could not turn sir Louis of Spain from his purpose, but said plainly that they should be beheaded anon after dinner, he was so sore displeased with them. All these words that was between sir Charles and sir Louis for the occasion of these two knights, anon was come to the knowledge of sir Walter of Manny by certain spies, that shewed the mischief that these two knights were in. Then he called his company and took counsel what was best to do. Some thought one thing, some thought another, but they wist not what remedy to find. Then sir Gaultier of Manny said: `Sirs, it should be great honour for us, if we might deliver out of danger yonder two knights: and if we put it in adventure, though we fail thereof, yet king Edward our master will can us much thank therefor, and so will all other noble men that hereafter shall hear of the case. At least it shall be said how we did our devoir. Sirs, this is mine advice, if ye will follow it, for me thinketh a man should well adventure his body to save the lives of two such valiant knights : mine advice is that we divide ourselves into two parts, the one part incontinent to issue out at this gate and to arrange themselves on the dikes, to stir the host and to skirmish : I think that all the whole host will come running thither. And, sir Aymery, ye shall be captain of that company, and take with you a six thousand good archers and three hundred men of arms. And I shall take with me a hundred men of arms and five hundred archers, and I will issue out at the postern covertly and shall dash into the host among the lodgings behind, the which I think we shall find as good as void. I shall have such with me as shall well bring me to the tent of sir Charles de Blois, whereas I think we shall find the two knights prisoners ; and I en sure you we shall do our devoir to deliver them.' This device pleased them all, and incontinent they armed them, and about the hour of dinner sir Aymery of Clisson issued out with his company and set open the chief gate towards the host, and some of them dashed suddenly into the host, and cut down tents, and slew and hurt divers. The host was in a sudden fray, and in haste armed them and drew towards the Englishmen and Bretons, who fair and easily rescued back. There was a sore skirmish, and many a man overthrown on both parties. Then sir Aymery drew his people along on the dikes within the barriers, and the archers ready on both sides the way to receive their enemies : the noise and cry was so great, that all the whole host drew thither, and left their tents void, saving a certain varlets. In the mean season sir Gaultier of Manny and his company issued out at a postern privily and came behind the host, and entered into the lodgings of the French lords ; for there were none to resist them, all were at the skirmish. Then sir Gaultier went straight to sir Charles of Blois' tent, and found there the two knights prisoners, sir Hubert of Frenay and sir John Butler, and made them incontinent to leap upon two good horses that they brought thither for the same intent, and returned incontinent and entered again into Hennebont the same way they issued out. The countess received them with great joy. All this season they fought still at the gate. Then tidings came to the lords of France how the two knights prisoners were rescued. When sir Louis of Spain knew thereof, he thought himself deceived, and he demanded which way they were gone that made that rescue ; and it was shewed him how they were entered into Hennebont. Then sir Louis departed from the assault and went to his lodgin



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