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him softly to Mortimer, the next fortress to them. And the other barons and knights returned to Poitiers and led with them their prisoners : and as I understood, the same Jaques Martin that thus hurt sir John Chandos was so little taken heed to of his hurts, that he died at Poitiers. And this noble knight sir John Chandos lived not after his hurt past a day and a night, but so died. God have mercy on his soul : for in a hundred year after there was note a more courteous nor more fuller of noble virtues and good conditions among the Englishmen than he was. And when the prince and princess, the earl of Cambridge, the earl of Pembroke and other barons and knights of England, such as were in Guyenne, heard of his death, they were all discomforted, and said they had lost all on that side of the sea. For his death his friends and also some of his enemies were right sorrowful. The Englishmen loved him, because all nobleness was found in him the Frenchmen hated him because they doubted him : yet I heard his death greatly complained among right noble and valiant knights of France, saying that it was a great damage of his death, for they said Better it had been that he had been taken alive ; for if he bad been taken alive,' they said, 'be was so sage and so imaginative, that he would have found some manner of good means whereby the peace might have ensued between the realms of England and France : for he was so well beloved with the king of England, that the king would believe him rather than any other in the world.' Thus both French and English spake of his death, and specially the Englishmen, for by him Guyenne was kept and recovered.

CHAPTERS CCLXXI-CCLXXIX

SUMMARY.-The lord of Coucy, being son-in-law to the king of England, would take no part in the war and went into Lombardy. The king of England sent letters into Acquitaine giving up the fouage, but this had little effect. The duke of Bourbon laid siege to Belle

1 ' Oncques depuis cent ans ne fut,' etc. ; that is, ' for a hundred year past there had not been,' etc. perche, but the earls of Cambridge and Pembroke marched thither with a large force and removed thence the lady of Bourbon and the garrison. It was purposed that in the following summer the duke of An jou should enter Acquitaine by Bergerac and the duke of Berry by Limoges and Quercy, and so meet before Angouleme. It was resolved also to send for Bertrand du Guesclin from Spain. The French king made a treaty with the king of Navarre. oBertrand du Guesclin came to the duke f Anjou at Toulouse. The duke of Anjou took Moisac and Montpezat, while the duke of Berry lay at siege before Limoges. The Prince of Wales summoned his host to meet at Cognac. Peace was made between England and Scotland for nine years and sir Robert Knolles came over to Calais with a hundred spears of Scotland in his company. With fifteen hundred spears and four thousand archers he laid waste the lands of Picardy and Vermandois. The duke of Anjou dismissed his army and went to Cahors. Bertrand du Guesclin came to the siege of Limoges, which was on the point of surrendering.

CHAPTER CCLXXX

How they of Limoges yielded them to the duke of Berry, and how the same duke brake up his army.

WHEN sir Bertram was come again to the siege' 1 the Frenchmen were greatly rejoiced of his coming. Then anon they pursued the treaty that was begun between the bishop of Limoges and them of the city and the duke of Berry. And so finally the bishop and they of the city turned them and became French, and the duke of Berry and the duke of Bourbon entered into the city, and sir Guy of Blois and other lords of France, with great joy, and took faith and homage of them of the city, and so refreshed and rested them there a three days : and so determined there in council


1 The translator by misunderstanding of a former Passage has been led to suppose that du Guesclin had been at the siege of Limoges once before this, and therefore he inserts the word 'again.'




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