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The Sunday in the morning, when the prince was up and ready apparelled, then he issued out of his pavilion and then came to him the duke of Lancaster his brother, the earl of Armagnac, the lord d'Albret, sir John Chandos, the captal of Buch, the lord of Pommiers, sir Guichard d'Angle, the king of Mallorca and a great number of other knights and squires ; and then anon after came to the prince the king don Peter, to whom the prince made great honour and reverence. Then the king don Peter said: `Dear and fair cousin, I pray and require you that ye will deliver to me the false traitors of this country, as mybastard brother Sancho and such other, and I shall cause them to lose their heads, for they have well deserved it.' Then the prince advised him well and said: `Sir king, I require you in the name of love and lineage that ye will grant me a gift and a request.' The king, who in no wise would deny his request, said: `Good cousin, all that I have is yours : therefore I am content, whatsoever ye desire, to grant it.' Then the prince said: `Sir, I require you to give pardon to all your people in your realm, such as hath rebelled against you, by the which courtesy ye shall abide in the better rest and peace in your realm, except Gomez Carillo, for of him I am content ye take your pleasure.' The king don Peter accorded to his desire, though it were against his will; but he durst not deny the prince, he was so much bounden to him, and said: ` Fair cousin, I grant your request with a good heart.' Then the prisoners were sent for and the prince accorded them with the king their lord and caused him to forgive all his evil will to his brother the earl Sancho and to all other, so that they should make covenant and swear fealty, homage and service, to hold of him truly for ever and to become his men and to knowledge him for their lord and king for ever. This courtesy with divers other did the prince to the king, the which after was but smally rewarded, as ye shall hear after in this history. And also the prince shewed great courtesy to the barons of Spain, such as were prisoners; for if king don Peter had taken them in his displeasure, they had all died without mercy. And then sir Gomez Carillo was delivered to the king, whom he hated so sore, that he would take no ransom for him but made his head to be stricken off before his lodging. Then king don Peter mounted on his horse, and the earl Sancho his brother and all those that were become his men, and his marshals sir Guichard d'Angle and sir Stephen Cosington and a five hundred men of arms, and they departed from the prince's host and rode to Burgos and so came thither the Monday in the morning. And they of Burgos, who were well informed how the journey of Nazres was achieved and how that king Henry was discomfited, they thought not to keep the town against don Peter, but divers of the richest of the town and of the most notablest issued out of the town and presented the keys of the city to him and received him to their lord, and so brought him and all his men into the city of Burgos with great joy, and solemnity. And all the Sunday the prince abode still in the lodgings that they had won, and on the Monday after evensong he dislodged and went and 1 lodged at Barbesque,1 and there tarried till it was Wednesday, and then they went all to the city of Burgos. And there the prince entered into the town with great reverence, and with him the duke of Lancaster, the earl of Armagnac and divers other great lords, and their people made their lodgings without the town, for they could not all have been lodged within at their ease. And when the prince was at his lodging there, he gave and rendered judgments of arms and of all things thereto appertaining, and there kept field and wage of battle wherefore it might well be said that all Spain was come that day in his hands and under his obeisance. The prince of Wales and king don Peter held their Easter in the town of Burgos and there tarried a three weeks and more : and on Easter-day they of Asturge, of Toledo, of Lisbon, of Cordowan, of Galice,



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