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neighbour. So thus king Henry departed from the king of Aragon, and left in the city of Valence his wife and his children, and rode so long that he passed Narbonne, the which was the first city of the realm of France on that side, and after that Beziers and all that country, and so came to Montpellier and there found the duke of Anjou, who loved him entirely and greatly hated the Englishmen, though he made them as then no war. And the duke, when he was well informed of king Henry's business, received him right joyously and recomforted him as well as he might. And so the king tarried there with him a certain space, and then went to Avignon to see pope Urban, who was as then departing to go to Rome. And then king Henry returned again to Montpellier to the duke of Anjou, and had long treaty together. And it was shewed me by them that thought themselves to know many things, and after it was right well seen apparent, how that this king Henry did get of the duke of Anjou a castle near to Toulouse on the marches of the principality, called Roquemaure, and there he assembled together companions and men of war, as Bretons and such other as were not passed over into Spain with the prince, so that in the beginning there was a three hundred men of war. These tidings were anon brought to my lady princess, who as then was at Bordeaux, how that king Henry purchased him aid and succour on all sides to the intent to make war to the principality and to the duchy of Guyenne, wherewith she was greatly abashed. And because that he held himself in the realm of France, she wrote letters and sent messengers to the French king desiring him not to consent that the bastard of Spain should make her any manner of war, saying that her resort was to the court of France, certifying him that much evil might ensue and many inconvenients fall thereby. Then the king condescended lightly to the princess' request and hastily sent messengers to the bastard Henry, who was in the castle of Roquemaure on the frontiers of Montauban and was beginning to make war to the country of Acquitaine and to the prince's land, commanding him incontinent to avoid out of his realm and to make no war in the land of his dear nephew the prince of Wales and of Acquitaine ; and by cause to give ensample to his subjects that they should not be so hardy to take any part with the bastard Henry, he caused the young earl of Auxerre to be put in prison in the castle of Louvre in Paris, because he was too great and conversant with this king Henry the bastard, and, as it was said, he had promised him to aid him with a great number of men of arms: but thus the French king caused him to break his voyage and purpose. So thus at the commandment of the French king king Henry obeyed, the which was good reason, but for all that yet he left not his enterprise, but so he departed from Roquemaure with a four hundred Bretons. And to him was allied such Breton knights and squires as followeth : first, sir Arnold of Limousin, sir Geoffrey Richon, sir Yon of Laconet, Silvester Bude, Alyot de Tallay Alain de Saint-Pol : and these men of arms: and Bretons rode over the mountains and entered into Bigorre in the principality and there took by scaling a town called, Bagneres, and then they fortified and repaired it well and strongly, and then overrode the prince's land and did great hurt and damage therein. Then the princess did send for sir James Audley, who was abiding behind the prince in Acquitaine as chief sovereign governour to keep the country. Howbeit, this said king Henry the bastard and the Bretons did great hurt. and damage in the country, for daily their power increased more and more. Now let us return to the prince of Wales and to his company who was in the Vale of Olives thereabout abiding the coming of king don Peter of Castile. Thus when the prince had sojourned in the Vale of the Olives until the feast of Saint John the Baptist in summer, abiding for the coming of king don Peter, who came not, nor could not hear no certain tidings of him, wherewith the prince was right sore troubled and ca



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