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assembled together and trussed up their harness and carriage, and so returned and took the way to Posay.1 The earl of Pembroke and his company knew anon thereby how the Frenchmen bad knowledge of the coming of sir John Chandos. Then the earl said : ` Sirs, let us all issue out and ride toward Poitiers to meet with my dear friend sir John Chandos.' Then they leapt a-horseback, such as had any horses, and some afoot and two and two on a horse, and so they issued out of the castle and rode toward Poitiers. And they had not ridden a league, but that they encountered sir John Cbandos and his company, and there was a joyful meeting; and sir John Cbandos said that he was sore displeased that he came not or the Frenchmen were departed: and so they rode together talking the space of three leagues, and then they took leave each of other. Sir John Cbandos returned to Poitiers and the earl of Pembroke to Mortagne, from whence he first departed. And the marshals of France and their company returned to Posay and there departed their booty ; and then every man went to their own garrison and led with them their prisoners, and ransomed them courteously in like manner as was accustomed between the Englishmen and Frenchmen. Now let us return to the assembly before Tornebem, and speak of the death of the most gentle queen, most liberal and most courteous that ever was queen in her days, the which was the fair lady Philippa of Hainault, queen of England and Ireland.

CHAPTERS CCLXVII-CCLXIX

SUMMARY.-Queen Philippa of England died, 14th August 1369. The duke of Burgundy departed from the duke of Lancaster without battle, and the duke of Lancaster returned to Calais. The earl of Pembroke rode again into Anjou. The abbey of Saint-Savin in Poitou was delivered up to the French, who put a garrison there. The duke of Lancaster rode through Picardy and Normandy as far as Harfleur and then returned. Sir Hugh de Chatillon, captain of Abbeville, was taken prisoner by the English.

1 La Roche-Posay.

CHAPTER CCLXX

How sir John Chandos was slain in a battle, and how finally the Frenchmen were discomfited and taken in the same battle.

GREATLY it grieved sir John Cbandos the taking of Saint - Salvin, because it was under his rule, for he was seneschal of Poitou. He set all his mind how he might recover it again, other by force or by stealth be cared not, so he might have it, and for that intent divers nights he made sundry bushments, but it availed not ; for sir Louis, who kept it, took ever so good heed thereto, that he defended it from all dangers, for he knew well the taking thereof grieved sore sir John Chandos at the heart. So it fell that the night before the first day of January sir John Chandos being in Poitiers sent to assemble together divers barons, knights and squires of Poitou, desiring them to come to him as privily as they could, for he certained them how he would ride forth : and they refused not his desire, for they loved him entirely, but shortly assembled together in the city of Poitiers. Thither came sir Guicbard d'Angle, sir Louis Harcourt, the lord of Pons, the lord of Partenay, the lord of Poyanne, the lord Tannay-Bouton, sir Geoffrey d'Argenton, sir Mauburny of Linieres, sir Thomas Percy, sir Baudwin of Freville, sir Richard of Pontchardon and divers other. And when they were all together assembled, they were three hundred spears, and departed by night from Poitiers. None knew whither they should go except certain of the lords, and they had ready with them scaling ladders and so came to Saint-Salvin and there alighted and delivered their horses to their varlets, which was about midnight, and so entered into the dike. Yet they had not their intent so shortly; for suddenly they heard the watch-born blow: I shall tell you wherefore it blew. The same night Charnel' was departed from the Roche of Posay with a forty spears with him and was come the same time to SaintSalvin to speak with the captain, sir Louis of Saint-Julian, to the intent to have ridden 1 Jean Charuel, a Breton captain in garrison at la Roche-Posay



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