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to them all smiling: `Sirs, ye shall hear new tidings out of Spain. The king don Peter our cousin complaineth him greatly of the bastard henry his brother, who hath taken from him his inheritance and hath put him out of his realm, as ye have heard reported by them that hath come from thence and he requireth us instantly of our comfort and aid, as it appeareth here by his letters.' And so then the prince read the letters word by word a two times, and these two knights heard well all the matter. And when he had read the letters, then he said to them : ` Sirs, ye two, sir John and sir Thomas, ye are the most special of my council, and in whom I have most trust and affiance. Wherefore I desire you counsel me what ye think were best to do.' Then these two knights beheld each other without any word speaking. Then the prince again said, 'Sirs, speak hardily what ye think in this matter': and there the prince was counselled by those two knights, as I was informed, that he should send to the king don Peter men of war to Corogne, where he was according to the tenour of the letters and also by the report of the messengers, and that the men of war should bring him to the city of Bordeaux, and there more plainly to know what he would say, and then, according as they should hear his words, to take advice and to give him such counsel as of reason should suffice him. This answer pleased right well the prince. Then he desired to go to Corogne in that viage, to bring in safe-guard to him the king don Peter, first sir Thomas Felton as sovereign and chief of that army, sir Richard of Pontchardon, sir Niel Loring, sir Simon de Burley, sir William Trussell ; and in that army there should be twelve ships furnished with archers and men of war. So these knights made their provision to go into Galice ; and then the messengers departed from Bordeaux and rode with them to Bayonne and there tarried a three or four days, abiding for wind and weather. And the fifth day, as they were departing, the king don Peter of Castile arrived at Bayonne himself, for he was departed from Corogne in great haste and.doubt, for he durst not abide there any longer, and brought bpt a few of his men with him and such treasure as he had. So the tidings of his coming was great joy to the Englishmen. Then sir Thomas Felton and his company came to him and received him right sweetly, and shewed him how they were there ready by the commandment of the prince their lord to have come to him to Corogne and to any other place, to have brought him to the prince ; of the which tidings the king don Peter was right joyous, and thanked greatly the prince and the knights that were there. The coming of the king don Peter thus to Bayonne sir Thomas Felton and the other knights certified the prince thereof, of the which he was right joyous: and within a short space after these knights brought the king don Peter to that city of Bordeaux. And the prince, who greatly desired to see his cousin the king don Peter and to do him the more honour and feast; issued out of Bordeaux accompanied with divers knights and squires, and went and met the king and did to him great reverence both in word and deed; the which he could do right well, for there was no prince in his time that could shew more honour than he. And when the prince had well feasted him, then they rode to Bordeaux, and the prince took the king above him, in no wise he would do otherwise: and as they rode together the king don Peter shewed to the prince how his bastard brother had chased him out of his realm of Castile, and also he piteously complained him of the untruth of his men, shewing how they had all forsaken him except one knight, the which was there with him, called don Ferrant of Castro. The prince right courteously and sagely recomforted him, desiring him not to be abashed nor discomforted, for though he had as then lost all, he trusted it should be in the puissance of God to restore him again all his loss, and moreover to take vengeance of all his enemies. Thus as they talked together, they rode so long that they came to Bord



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