this message, your ransom shall be but ten thousand scutes, the which ye shall pay and send to Bruges within fifteen days after ye be past the sea : and moreover ye shall say to all knights and squires of those parts, that for all this they leave not to come to our feast at Windsor, for we would gladly see them, and they shall have sure and safe conduct to return fifteen days after the feast.' ` Sir,' said the knight, ` to the best of my power I shall accomplish your message, and God reward your grace for the courtesy ye shew me, and also I humbly thank my lord of Derby of his good-will.' And so sir Verve of Leon departed from the king and went to Hampton, and there took the sea, to the intent to arrive at Harfleur ; but a storm took him on the sea, which endured fifteen days, and lost his horse, which were cast into the sea, and sir Herve of Leon was so sore troubled that he had never health after. Howbeit at last he took land at Crotoy, and so he and all his company went afoot to Abbeville, and there they got horses : but sir Herve was so sick that he was fain to go in a litter, and so came to Paris to king Philip and did his message from point to point : and he lived not long after, but died as he went into his country in the city of Angers: God assoil his soul.
SUMMARY.-On the day of Saint George the king held hr's feast at Windsor,, to which came knights of divers countries, but none from France. The king sent the earl of Derby to go into Gascony, and with him the earls of Pembroke and Oxford, Sir Walter de Manny and others. The king sent sir Thomas Dagworth into Brittany and the earl of Salisbury into Ireland. The earl of Derby came to Bordeaux; and meanwhile the lord de l'Isle gathered the lords of the French party together and they resolved to hold the passage of the river at Bergerac.1 The earl of Derly rode to Bergerac and took the town, the French lords departing to la Reole. Leaving Bergerac the earl of 1 Froissart calls the river the Garonne, but it is the Dordogne. Derby conquered many fortresses in sapper Gascony, and then returned to Bordeaux. - The earl de l'Isle laid siege to Auberoche, which had been captured by the earl of Derby. The garrison endeavoured to send a messenger to Bordeaux, but he was intercepted and shot back into the town from an engine.
How the earl of Derby took before Auberoche the earl of l'Isle and divers other earls and viscounts to the number of nine.
ALL the matter of taking of this messenger with the letter and necessity of them within Auberoche was shewed to the earl of Derby by a spy that had been in the French host. Then the earl of Derby sent to the earl of Pembroke, being at Bergerac, to meet with him at a certain place : also he sent for the lord Stafford and to sir Stephen Tombey, being at Libourne, and the earl himself, with sir Gaultier of Manny and his company, rode towards Auberoche, and rode so secretly with such guides as knew the country, that the earl came to Libourne and there tarried a day abiding the earl of Pembroke. And when he saw that he came not, he went forth, for the great desire that he had to aid them in Auberoche. Thus the earl of Derby, the earl of Oxford, sir Gaultier of Manny, sir Richard Hastings, sir Stephen Tombey, the lord Ferrets and the other issued out of Libourne and rode all the night, and in the morning they were within two little leagues of Auberoche. They entered into a wood and lighted from their horses and tied their horses to pasture, abiding for the earl of Pembroke, and there tarried till it was noon. They wist not well then what to do, because they were but three hundred spears and six hundred archers, and the Frenchmen before Auberoche were a ten or twelve thousand men ; yet they thought it a great shame to lose their companions in Auberoche. Finally sir Gaultier of Manny said : `Sirs, let us leap on our horses and let us coast under the covert of this wood, till we be on the same side that joineth to their host, and when we be near; put the spurs to the horses and cry our cries