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the earl of Pembroke at Bergerac and so on towards la Reole. Sainte-Bazeille submitted and la Roche Meilhan was taken by assault: Monsegur was besieged for fifteen days and then a truce was agreed to with the captain there, to see i f the king of France would send aid within a month. Aiguillon surrendered, for which the captain of it was charged with treason and hanged at Toulouse. Castelsagrat was taken by assault.

CHAPTER CIX

How the earl of Derby laid siege to the Reole, and how that the town was yielded to him.

Thus the earl of Derby came before the Reole and laid siege thereto on all sides, and made bastides in the fields and on the ways, so that no provision could enter into the town, and nigh every day there was assault. The siege endured a long space. And when the month was expired that they of Segur should give up their town, the earl sent thither, and they of the town gave up and became under the obeisance of the king of England : the captain, sir Hugh Badefol, became servant to the earl, with other that were within, upon certain wages that they had. The Englishmen, that had lien long before the Reole, more than nine . weeks, had made in the mean space two belfries of great timber with three stages, every belfry on four great wheels, and the sides towards the town were covered with cure holy to defend them from fire and from shot, and into every stage there were pointed an hundred archers. By strength of men these two belfries were brought to the walls of the town, for they had so filled the dikes that they might well be brought just to the walls. The archers in these stages shot so wholly together, that none durst appear at their defence without they were well pavised ; and between these two belfries there were a two hundred men with pick-axes to mine the walls, and so they brake through the walls. Then the burgesses of the town came to one of the gates to speak with some lord of the host. When the earl of Derby knew thereof, he sent to them sir Gaultier of Manny and the baron of Stafford; and when they came there, they found that they of the town would yield them, their lives and goods saved. [When] sir Agot des Daux, who was captain within, knew that the people of the town would yield up, he went into the castle with his company of soldiers ; and while they of the town were entreating, he conveyed out of the town great quantity of wine and other provision, and then closed the castle gates and said how he would not yield up so soon. The foresaid two lords returned to the earl of Derby shewing him how they of the town would yield themselves and the town, their lives and goods saved. Then the earl sent to know how the captain would do with the castle, and it was brought word again to him how he would not yield. Then the earl studied a little and said : `Well, go take them of the town to mercy, for by the town we shall have the castle.' Then these lords went again to them of the town and received them to mercy, so that they should go out into the field and deliver the earl of Derby the keys of the town, saying, ` Sir, from henceforth we knowledge ourselves subjects and obeisant to the king of England' : and so they did, and sware that they should give no comfort to them of the castle, but to grieve them to the best of their powers. Then the earl commanded that no man should do any hurt to the town of Reole nor to none of them within. Then the earl entered into the town and laid siege round about the castle, as near as he might, and reared up all his engines, the which cast night and day against the walls, but they did little hurt, the walls were so strong of hard stone : it was said that of old time it had been wrought by the hands of the Saracens, who made their works so strongly that there is none such nowadays. When the earl saw that he could do no good with his engines, he caused them to cease : then he called to him his miners, to the intent that they should make a mine under all the walls, the which was not soon made.




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