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weened surely to have been slain and so fled away to save their lives, some one way and some. another: but the Romans were not so content, but took them and put them together again, whether they would or not. The cardinals then, seeing themselves in the danger of the Romans and in great peril of their lives, agreed among themselves, more for to please the people than for any devotion : howbeit, by good election they chose an holy man, a cardinal of the Roman nation, whom pope Urban the fifth had made cardinal, and he was called before the cardinal of Saint Peters This election pleased greatly the Romans, and so this good man had all the rights that belonged to the papality ; howbeit, he lived not but three days after, and I shall skew you why. The Romans, who desired to have a pope of their own nation, were so joyful of this new pope, that they took him, who was a hundred year of age, and set him on a white mule, and so led him up and down through the city of Rome, exalting him and skewing how they had vanquished the cardinals, seeing they had a pope Roman according to their own intents, insomuch that the good holy man was so sore travailed that he fell sick, and so died the third day, and was buried in the church of Saint Peter, and there he lieth.

CHAPTER CCCXXVII

Of the orgulous words that the Romans said at the election of the new pope again and how the war renewed between the French king and the king of Navarre.

OF the death of this pope the cardinals were right sorrowful, for they saw well how the matter should not go well to pass. For they had thought, if that pope had lived, to have dissimuled among the Romans for two or three years and at the last to have brought the see apostolic into some other place than at Rome, at Naples or at Genes, out of the danger of the Romans ; but the death of the pope brake their purpose.

1 The cardinal de Saint-Pierre was not actually elected, but it was thought for a time that he was so (Kervyn de Lettenhove, ix. 501).


Then the cardinals went again into the conclave in greater danger than they were in before, for the Romans assembled them together again before the conclave and made semblant to break it up and to slay them all, if they did not choose a pope according to their minds, and cried to the cardinals and said : `Sirs, advise you well. If ye deliver us a pope Roman, we be content ; or else we will make your heads redder than your hats be.' Such words and menaces abashed greatly the cardinals, for they had rather a died confessors than martyrs. Then to bring themselves out of that danger and peril, they made a pope; but he was none of the college of cardinals, he was archbishop of Bari, a great clerk who greatly had travailed for the wealth of holy Church. With his promotion of papality the Romans were appeased, for the cardinal of Genes put out his head out at a window of the conclave and said on high to the people of Rome: `Sirs, appease you, for you have a pope Roman, and that is Bartholomew des Aigles, archbishop of Bari.' The people answered all with one voice: `Then we be content.' The same archbishop was not as then at Rome; I think he was in Naples. Then he was incontinent sent for, of the which tidings he was right glad, and so came to Rome, and at his coming there was great feast made to him, and so he had all the rights that pertained to the papality and was called Urban, the sixth of that name. The Romans had great joy: his creation was signified to all the churches of Christenty and also to emperors, kings, dukes and earls, and the cardinals sent word to all their friends that he was chosen by good and true election : howbeit, some of them repented them after, that they had spoken so largely in the matter. This pope renounced all graces given before, and so divers departed from their coun. tries and places and went to Rome to have grace. Now let us leave somewhat to speak of this matter, and let us return to our principal history of the businesses of France. Ye have heard right well herebefore how the king of Navarre, who had to his wife the French king's sister, for the love of the one and of the other it was said and pur-




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