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The third day after all the lords assembled in the lord Charles' tent to take counsel, for they saw well that Hennebont was so strong and so well fortified with men of war, that they thought they should win but little there; and also the country was so wasted, that they wist not whither to go to forage ; and also winter was at hand wherefore they all agreed to depart. Then they counselled sir Charles of Blois that he should send, new provisions to all cities, towns and fortresses, such as he had won, and noble captains with good soldiers to defend their places from their enemies ; and also if any man would treat for a truce to Whitsuntide, that it should not be refused.

CHAPTERS LXXXVIII-XC

SUMMARY--The town of Jugon was betrayed to sir Charles of Blois by a rich burgess. A truce was made, and the countess. of Montfort passed over into England. A feast and jousts were held in London in honour of the countess of Salisbury. The king of England sent Robert of Artois with a force of men of arms and archers to aid the countess of Montfort. The lord Louis of Spain and the Genoese waited far hire on the sea about Guernsey.

CHAPTER XCI

Of the battle of Guernsey between sir Robert d'Artois and sir Louis of Spain on the sea.

SIR ROBERT D'ARTOIS earl of Richmond, and with him the earl of Pembroke, the earl of Salisbury, the earl of Suffolk, the earl of Oxford, the baron of Stafford, the lord Spenser, the lord Bourchier, and divers other knights of England and their companies were with the countess of Montfort on the sea, and at last came before the isle of Guernsey. Then they perceived the great fleet of the Genoways, whereof sir Louis of Spain was chief captain. Then their mariners said: ` Sirs, arm you quickly, for yonder be Genoways and Spaniards that will set on you.' Then the Englishmen sowned their trumpets and reared up their banners and standards with their arms and devices, with the banner of Saint George, and set their ships in order with their archers before: and as the wind served them, they sailed forth. They were a forty-six vessels, great and small ; but sir Louis of Spain had nine greater than any of the other and three galleys. And in the three galleys were the three chief captains, as sir Louis of Spain, sir Charles and sir Ayton,l and when they approached near together, the Genoways began to shoot with their cross-bows, and the archers of England against them : there was sore shooting between them and many hurt on both parties. And when the lords, knights and squires came near together, there was a sore battle : the countess that day was worth a man ; she had the heart of a lion, and had in her hand a sharp glaive, wherewith she fought fiercely. The Spaniards and Genoways that were in the great vessels they cast down great bars of iron and pieces of timber, the which troubled sore the English archers. This battle began about the time of evensong, and the night departed them, for it was very dark, so that one could scant know another. Then they withdrew each from other and cast anchors and abode still in their harness, for they thought to fight again in the morning. But about midnight there rose such a tempest, so horrible, as though all the world should have ended. There was none so hardy but would gladly have been aland: the ships dashed so together, that they weened all would have riven in pieces. The lords of England demanded counsel of their mariners, what was best to do : they answered, to take land as soon as they might; for the tempest was so great, that if they took the sea, they were in danger of drowning. Then they drew up their anchors, and bare but a quarter sail, and drew from that place. The Genoways on the other side drew up their anchors and took the deep of the sea ; for their vessels were greater than the English ships, they might better abide the brunt of the sea ; for if the great vessels had come near the land, they were likely to have been broken. And as they departed, they took four English ships laded with victual and tailed them to their I Louis de la Cerda, called d'



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