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made and formed to be sent into Acquitaine to appeal the prince of Wales to the parliament of Paris, and it was devised by the earl of Armagnac, the lord d'Albret, the earl of Perigord, the earl of Comminges, the viscount of Caraman, the lord de la Barthe, the lord of Puycornet and divers other, who were chief causers of this matter. And this appeal contained how for the great griefs that these Gascons complained that the prince of Wales and Acquitaine would do to them and to their people, therefore they made their resort to the French king, requiring that the prince might be appealed sith they bad made the French king their judge. And when this appeal was made and duly corrected by all the wise council of France, then it was concluded by the said council that it should be signified to the prince and that be should be appealed, to appear in proper person at Paris in the chamber of the peers of France, to answer to the complaints made there against him. And to bear this appeal was commanded a clerk well languaged to do such a business, and a knight with him called Chaponnet of Chaponval ; and so they and their company departed from Paris and took their way toward Poitou, and so passed through Berry, Touraine, Poitou and Saintonge and came to Blaye, and there passed the river and so came to Bordeaux, whereas the prince and princess was: and always in every place they said how they were messengers from the French king, wherefore they were the better welcome into every place. Then they took up their lodging and tarried there all that night, and in the next morning at a convenient hour they went to the abbey of Saint Andrew's where the prince was lodged, and there they were well received. And when the prince knew of their coming, he caused them to come before him ; and when they came into his presence, they kneeled down and made their reverence and delivered the prince letters of credence. The prince took and read them and said: ` Sirs, ye be welcome declare your message that ye have in charge to shew us.' Then the clerk said Right dear sir, here is a letter that was delivered to us at Paris by our lord the French king, the which letter we promised by our faiths to publish openly in your presence ; for, sir, they touch you.' The prince then began to change colour and had great marvel what it might be, and so had other knights that were about him ; howbeit, he refrained himself and said `Say on, sirs, what ye will: good tidings we will be glad to hear.' Then the clerk took the writing and read it word by word, the tenour of the which hereafter followeth : `Charles, by the grace of God French king, to our nephew the prince of Wales and Acquitaine send greeting. So it is that divers prelates, barons, knights, universities, commonalties and colleges of the marches and limitations of the country of Gascoyne, and the dwellers and habitants in the bounds of our realm,' beside divers other of the duchy of Acquitaine, are drawn and are come to our court to have right of certain griefs and troubles unlawful, that you by feeble counsel and simple information have been in purpose to do to them, of the which we have marvel. Therefore to withstand and to remedy the same matters we are so conjoined to them, that by our royal majesty and seignory we command you to come into our city of Paris in proper person, and there you to shew and present [yourself] before us in our chamber of our peers and there to do right on the foresaid complaints and griefs, moved by you to do on your people, who claimeth to have their resort into our court, and that this be not failed in as hasty wise as ye can after the sight or hearing of these letters. In witness whereof to these presents we have set our seal. Given at Paris the twentyfifth' day of January.' When the prince of Wales had read this letter, be had great marvel and shook his bead and beheld fiercely the Frenchmen. And when he bad a little studied, he answered in this manner : `Sirs, we will gladly go to Paris to our uncle, sith he hath sent thus for us: but I assure you that shall be with bassenet



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