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sir John de Vienne and his company were sent into England and were half a year at London, then they were put to ransom. Methink it was great pity of the burgesses and other men of the town of Calais, and women and children, when they were fain to forsake their houses, heritages and goods, and to bear away nothing, and they had no restorement of the French king, for whose sake they lost all. The most part of them went to Saint-Omer's. The cardinal Guy de Boulogne, who was come into France in legation and was with the French king his cousin in the city of Amiens, he purchased so much that a truce was taken between the kings of England and of France, their countries and heritages,1 to endure two years. To this truce all parties were agreed, but Bretayne was clearly except, for the two ladies made still war one against the other. Then the king of England and the queen returned into England, and the king made captain of Calais sir Amery of Pavy, a Lombard born, whom the king had greatly advanced. Then the king sent from London thirty-six burgesses to Calais, who were rich and sage, and their wives and children, and daily increased the number,' for the king granted there such liberties and franchises, that men were glad to go and dwell there. The same time was brought to London sir Charles de Blois, who called himself duke of Bretayne: he was put in courteous prison in the Tower of London with the king of Scots and the earl of Moray; but he had not been there long but at the request of the queen of England sir Charles her cousin- german was received 3 on his faith and troth, and rode all about London at his pleasure, but he might not lie past one night out of London, without it were with the king or with the queen. Also the same time there was prisoner in England the earl of Eu and Guines, a right gentle knight; and his dealing was such, that he was welcome wheresoever he came, and with the king and queen, lords, ladies and damosels.4 1 ' Adherens' ; that is, 'followers, or `allies-' 2 i.e. 'the number daily increased.' 3 'At the request of the queen of England, his cousin-german, he was received,' etc. 4 The events of the years between x347 and 1355 are very summarily related by Froissart, and the text followed by this translator does not include

CHAPTERS CXLVIII, CXLIX

SUMMARY.-The truce was broken in various parts by brigands, who won and plundered towns and castles for their own profit; and especially one named Bacon in Languedoc and another named Croquart in Brittany.

CHAPTERS CL, CLI

SUMMARY.-The king of England, having discovered a secret treaty between sir Amery of Pavia and the French party, whereby Calais should have been given up to them, passed over privately to Calais, and fighting under sir Walter de Manny's banner defeated those who came to receive the surrender. The king himse f fought long with sir Eustace de Ribemont and took him prisoner.

CHAPTER CLII

Of a chaplet of pearls that the king of England gave to sir Eustace of Ribemont.

WHEN this battle was done, the king returned again to the castle of Calais and caused all the prisoners to be brought thither. Then the Frenchmen knew well that the king had been there personally himself under the banner of sir Gaultier of Manny. The king said he would give them all that night a supper in the castle of Calais : the hour of supper came and tables covered, and the king and his knights were there ready, every man in new apparel, and the Frenchmen also were there and made good cheer, though they were prisoners. The king sat down, and the lords and knights about him right honourably : the prince, lords and knights of England served the king at the first mess, and at the second they sat down at another table : they were all well served and at great leisure. Then when supper was done and the tables taken away, the king tarried still in the hall with even the short notices which were given in later revisions, of the Black Death, the Flagellants, and the persecution of the Jews, or the narrative of the combat of the thirties.




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