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wise was the earl of Flanders, who was at that time with him at Dover.

CHAPTER CCXXVIII

Now let us speak of the earl Montfort, how he did in Bretayne.

SUMMARY. -The earl of Mon fort took Auray, Jugon and Dinant, and laid siege to Quimper-Corentin.

CHAPTER CCXXIX

How the peace was made that the earl of Montfort should abide duke of Bretayne, and how the French king rendered to Clisson his land, and of the marriage of the duke of Normandy, and how the captal of Buch became liege man to the French king and afterward renounced him again.

SUMMARY.-.4 treaty was made by which the earl of Montfort should remain duke of Brittany, doing homag e for the duchy to the king of France. Also peace was made between the king of France and the king of Navarre, chiefly by the means of the captal de Buch.

THE chapter then continues thus: In this season yet was there still in France great number of the companions, the which as then wist not what to do, seeing the wars of Bretayne were ended. These companions pursued ever after deeds of arms and taking of pillages at their advantages, from the which they could not nor would abstain, and all their chief recourse was in France, for they called the realm of France their chamber. They durst do no hurt in Acquitaine, for the land would not suffer them, and also, to say truth, most part of the captains were Gascons and Englishmen under the obeisance of the king of England and of the prince ; some there were of Bretayne, but not many: wherefore divers of the realm of France murmured against the king of England and the prince, and said covertly how that they acquitted not themselves well against the French king, seeing they do not their good wills to put out of the realm those evil-disposed people. 5o the wise and sage men of France considered that, without they did put some remedy to drive them out of the realm either by battle or by means of some money, else at length they were likely to destroy the noble realm of France and holy Christendom. The same season there was in Hungary a king that would gladly have had them with him; for he had great war against the Turk, who did him great damage. Then he wrote to pope Urban the fifth, who was as then at Avignon, certifying him how he would gladly that the realm of France were delivered of the number of companions and that they were all with him in his wars against the Turk: and in like wise he wrote letters to the French king and to the prince of Wales. And so they entreated the said companions and offered them gold and silver and passage ; but they answered that they would not that way, saying they would not go so far to make war ; for it was shewed among themselves by some of their own company that had been before in Hungary, how that there were such straits, that if they were fought with there, they could never escape, but to die shamefully; the which so affrayed them that they had no lust to go thither. And when the pope and the French king saw that they would not agree according to their desires, and also that they would not avoid out of the realm of France, but daily multiplied, then they bethought them of another way and means to cause them to avoid. The same season there was a king in Castile called don Peter,' who was full of marvellous opinions, and he was rude and rebel against the commandments of holy Church, and in mind to subdue all his Christian neighbours, kings and princes, and specially the king of Aragon called Peter, who was a good true Christian prince, and had as then taken from him part of his realm, thinking to have all the remnant. Also this king don Peter of Castile had three bastard brethren, the which king Alphonso his father had by a lady called the Riche Done : 2 the eldest was called Henry, the second don Tello,

1 ` Dame Pietre,' which is written by the translator either 'Dame Peter' or ` Dampeter.

2 Eleanor de Guzman, called ' la Richa Dona.'




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