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the advantage of the fields, he clashed his spurs to his horse and galloped forth in such wise, that his keepers lost him. Still he galloped forthright, till he came into Artois, and there he was in surety ; and so then he rode into France to king Philip and spewed him all his adventure- The king and the Frenchmen said how he had dealt wisely; the Englishmen on the other side said how he had betrayed and deceived them : but for all that, the king left not to keep the Flemings in amity, for he knew well the earl had done this deed not by their counsel, for they were sore displeased therewith; and the excuse that they made the king soonbelieved it in that behalf.

CHAPTER CXLI

How sir Robert of Namur did homage to the king of England before Calais.

CHAPTERS CXLII, CXLIII

SUMMARY. - The war began again in Brittany. The English took Roehedarien, and Charles of Blois laid siege to it. An army sent by the countess of Montfort to raise the siege surprised the French, who were defeated, and Charles of Blots was taken prisoner.


CHAPTERS CXLIV, CXLV

SUMMARY.-The French king raised an army to relieve Calais, but the passages were so well kept, that he could not approach. Negotiations for peace were without effect.


CHAPTER CXLVI

How the town of Calais was given up to the king of England.

AFTER that the French king was thus departed from Sangate, they within Calais saw well how their succour failed them, for the which they were in great sorrow. Then they desired so much their captain, sir John of Vienne, that he went to the walls of the town and made a sign to speak with some person of the host. When the king heard thereof, he sent thither sir Gaultier of Manny and sir Basset. Then sir John of Vienne said to them: `Sirs, ye be right valiant knights in deeds of arms, and ye know well how the king my master hath sent me and other to this town and commanded us to keep it to his behoof in such wise that we take no blame, nor to him no damage; and we have done all that lieth in our power. Now our succours hath failed us, and we be so sore strained, that we have not to live withal, but that we must all die or else enrage for fanzine, without the noble and gentle king of yours will take mercy on us: the which to do we require you to desire him, to have pity on us and to let us go and depart as we be, and let him take the town and castle and all the goods that be therein, the which is great abundance.' Then sir Gaultier of Manny said: `Sir, we know somewhat of the intention of the king our master, for he hath spewed it unto us surely know for truth it is not his mind that ye nor they within the town should depart so, for it is his will that ye all should put yourselves into his pure will, to ransom all such as pleaseth him and to put to death such as he list ; for they of Calais hath done him such contraries and despites, and hath caused him to dispend so much good, and lost many of his men, that he is sore grieved against them.' Then the captain said : ` Sir, this is too hard a matter to us. We are here within, a small sort of knights and squires, who hath truly served the king our master as well as ye serve yours in like case. And we have endured much pain and unease; but we shall yet endure as much pain as ever knights did, rather than to consent that the worst lad in the town should have any more evil than the greatest of us all: therefore, sir, we pray you that of your humility, yet that ye will go and speak to. the king of England and desire him to have pity of us ; for we trust in him so much gentleness, that by the grace of God his purpose shall change.' Sir Gaultier of Manny and sir Basset returned to the king and declared to him all that had been said. The king said he would none otherwise but that they




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