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and Narbonne, none opposing him. The same year the three estates assembled at Paris gave the king thirty thousand men for one year at their charges, and ordered to be levied 8d. on every pound value of estates throughout the realm, and that the gabelle of salt should run through the realm. Then, this not being sufficient, they ordered a graduated tax upon incomes.

CHAPTER CLVI

How the French king took the king of Navarre and beheaded the earl of Harcourt and other at Rouen.

CHAPTER CLVII

Of the assembly that the French king made to fight with the prince of Wales, who rode in Berry.

SUMMARY.-The prince of Wales rode in Auvergne, Berry, Touraine, etc., with two thousand men of arms and six thousand archers. The king of France made a great assembly to fight with him, and meanwhile a body of Frenchmen, who had laid an ambush, were defeated ly the English and fled to Romorantin.

CHAPTER CLVIII

How the prince of Wales took the castle of Romorantin.

SUMMARY.-The town of Romorantin being taken, the prince came and assailed the castle, which at length was captured by means of Greek fire.

CHAPTER CLIX

Of the great host that the French king brought to the battle of Poitiers.

SUMMARY.-In theyear 1356 the French king came to Rouen and caused to be taken the king of Navarre, the earl of Harcourt and others. The earl of Harcourt and others were beheaded, and the king of Navarre put in prison in the Louvre. The king of France made war in Normandy to win the castles there belonging to the king of Navarre, and the duke of Lancaster came over to help the king of Navarre's men. AFTER the taking of the castle of Romorantin and of them that were therein, the prince then and his company rode as they did before, destroying the country, approaching to Anjou and to Touraine. The French king, who was at Chartres, departed and came to Blois and there tarried two days, and then to Amboise and the next day to Loches: and then he heard how that the prince was at Touraine 1 and how that he was returning by Poitou : ever the Englishmen were coasted by certain expert knights of France, who alway made report to the king what the Englishmen did. Then the king came to the Haye in Touraine and his men had passed the river of Loire, some at the bridge of Orleans and some at Meung, at Saumur, at Blois, and at Tours and whereas they might : they were in number a twenty thousand men of arms beside other ; there were a twenty-six dukes and earls and more than sixscore banners, and the four sons of the king, who were but young, the duke Charles of Normandy, the lord Louis, that was from thenceforth duke of Anjou, and the lord John duke of Berry, and the lord Philip, who was after duke of Burgoyne. The same season, pope Innocent thesixth sent thelord Bertrand, cardinal of Perigord, and the lord Nicholas, cardinal of Urgel, into France, to treat for a peace between the French king and all his enemies, first between him and the king of Navarre, who was in prison: and these cardinals oftentimes spake to the king for his deliverance during the siege at Bretuel, but they could do nothing in that behalf. Then the cardinal of Perigord went to Tours, and there he heard how the French king hasted sore to find the Englishmen: then he rode to Poitiers, for he heard how both the hosts drew thitherward. The French king heard how the prince hasted greatly to return, and the king feared that he should scape him and so departed from Haye in Touraine, and all his company, and rode to Chauvigny, where he tarried that Thursday in the town and with1 `En Touraine




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