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Saint John Baptist next after, the year of our Lord a thousand three hundred and seventy-six. And so these lords tarried still at Bruges all that winter, and in summer they returned every part to their own countries, except the duke of Bretayne, who tarried still in Flanders with the earl Louis his cousin, who made him good cheer. The same season on Trinity Sunday there passed out of this world the flower of chivalry of England, Edward prince of Wales and of Acquitaine, at the king's palace of Westminster beside London. And so he was embalmed and put in lead and kept till the feast of Saint Michael next after, to be interred with the greater solemnity when the parliament should be there. King Charles of France because of lineage did his obsequy reverently in the Holy Chapel of the palace in Paris, and there were many of the prelates and nobles of the realm of France: and so then the truce was prolonged to the first day of April next after. Now let us somewhat speak of the lord Coucy and of the Almains. When they of Austrich and the Almains understood that the lord of Coucy was come with such a strength to make war, they caused to be brent and destroyed three days' journey into the country along by the river, and then they went into the mountains and places inhabitable. And so when the lord of Coucy had weened to have found victual for his host, he could get none ; whereby he suffered that winter much trouble and disease, for they wist not whither to go to forage nor to get victual for them nor their horses, so that some died for hunger, cold and sickness and therefore when the springing time began, they returned again into France, and went into divers places to refresh themselves. And the French kin., sent the most part of the companions into Bretayne and into base Normandy to abide and rest there, for he thought well he should have somewhat to do in short time after. And at the returning of the lord Coucy into France, he began to be good French, because he found the king so amiable to condescend to his desire, and also his council said he need not to avoid out of his heritage under the shadow of the king of England's war, for they said he was French of name, of blood, of arms and extraction. He sent his wife into England and kept still with him his eldest daughter, and left the younger still in England, whereas she had been brought up and nourished. Then the French king sent the lord Coucy to Bruges to them that were there to entreat for the peace. Howbeit, as then the great lords were not there, but all only the duke of Bretayne, who was still with his cousin the earl of Flanders ; but he busied himself but little in the treaty for the peace. And alter the feast of Saint Michael, when the obsequy of the prince was done and finished, then the king of England made to be known to his sons, the duke of Lancaster, the earl of Cambridge, and to the lord Thomas the voungest, and to all the barons, earls, prelates and knights of England, how that the young Richard should be king after his decease, and so caused them all to swear solemnly to maintain him. And on Christmas day the king made him to sit at his table above all his own children in great estate, representing that he should be king after his decease. And there was sent to Bruges for the king of England's part John lord Cobham, the bishop of Hereford and the dean of London; and for the French part thither came the earl of Sarrebruck, the lord of Chatillon and master Philbert l'Espinasse; and the two bishops ambassadors always went between the parties treating for peace and spake of a marriage to be bad between the young prince of England and my lady Mary, daughter to the French king. And so they departed, as well they of France as of England, and so made report to both kings. And then about Lent there was a secret treaty devised to be between the two kings at Montreuil-by-the-sea, and so were sent by the king of England to Calais sir Guichard d'Angle, Richard Stury, Geoffrey Chaucer, and from the French king was sent the lord of Coucy and of Riviere, sir Nicholas Braqu



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