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they of Lyons were greatly abashed when they knew that the companions had the victory ; howbeit they received sweetly all them that returned and scaped from the battle, and were sore displeased for the hurts of the lord of Bourbon and of sir Peter his son, and they of the town, ladies and damosels, right goodly did visit him ; but this lord James of Bourbon died a three days after the field and sir Peter his son lived not long after, and they were sore bewailed of every creature; and for the death of this lord of Bourbon the French king was right sore displeased, but he could not amend it, so it behoved him to pass over his sorrow as well as he might. Now let us speak of these companions, who persevered still in their evil deeds as people rejoiced and comforted of their deeds, as well for winning of that journey as for the ransoming of many good prisoners : so thus these companions led their time at their pleasure in that country, for there were none that came against them ; for incontinent after the discomfiture of Brignais they entered and spread abroad in the county of Forez and pilled and wasted all the country except the fortresses, and because they were so great a company, almost nothing held against them : and so they divided them into two parts, and sir Seguin of Badefol had the less part ; howbeit he had in his company a three thousand fighting men, and he went and lay at Anse, a mile from Lyons,' and fortified the place marvellously, and so his company were thereabout in the marches, the which was one of the plentiful countries of the world, the which they overran, and ransomed the people at their pleasure, that is to say, all the countries on this side and beyond the river of Saone, the county of Macon, the archbishopric of Lyons and the land of the lord of Beaujeu and all the country to Marcigny-lesNonnains and to the county of Nevers. The other part of the same company, as Naudan de Bageran, Espiote, Creswey,2 Robert Briquet, Ortingo [and] Bernardet de la Salle, l'Amit the bourg Camus, the bourg of Breteuil, the bourg of Lesparre, and divers other of one sort and affinity,

1 ' A une lieue de Lyon,' but the distance is really about six leagues.

2 The Englishman John Creswey (or Creswell).

drew them toward Avignon, and said how they would see the pope and cardinals and to have some of their money, or else to harry and to pill the country, and so they tarried here and there abiding for the ransom of such prisoners as they had taken, and also to see if the truce held between France and England ; and as they went toward Avignon, they took by the way towns and fortresses, so that none held against them, for all the country was afraid; and also in that country they had used no war, so that such as were in these small holds wist not how to defend themselves from such men of war. And these companions heard how there was at the Bridge Saint-Esprit,' a seven leagues from Avignon, great treasure and riches of the country assembled there together on trust of the strong fortress; and so the companions advised among them that if they might win that hold, it should be greatly to their advantage and profit, for then they thought to be masters of Rhone and of them in Avignon. And on this purpose they studied, till at last they had cast their advice, as I have heard reported, in this manner. Guyot du Pin and the little Meschin rode with their company in one night a fifteen leagues, and in the morning at the breaking of the day they came to the town of the Bridge Saint-Spirit and suddenly took it and all that were within, the which was great pity, for there they slew many an honest person and defoiled many a damosels and won such riches that it could not be numbered and great purveyances to live thereby a whole year : and so by that means they might run at their ease without danger, one season into the realm of France and another time into the Empire. So there assembled together all the companions and every day ran to the gates of Avignon, whereby the pope and cardinals were in great affray and dread. And so those
1 Pont-Saint-Esprit, a town on the right bank of the Rhone. 2 Froissart says, `who caused himself to be commonly called : Friend to God and enemy to all the world.'




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