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as had been in Spain to aid the king of Navarre's war : and so they came to the king of England, who as then was at Chertsey with his two uncles the duke of Lancaster and the earl of Cambridge with him ; and these knights were joyfully received of the king and these lords, and there they were desired to shew some tidings from those parts. And so they shewed all that they knew both of Spain and of Navarre and of the peace made between the two kings of Spain and Navarre, and how the king of Navarre had married Charles his eldest son to king Henry's daughter, and so from point to point as the treaty was between them. The duke of Lancaster and the earl of Cambridge were right pensive of these words, for they thought and named themselves to be heirs of Spain by right of their wives. Then they demanded how long it was sith king Henry the bastard died, and whether the Spaniards had crowned John his son or no. The knights answered and said : ` Sirs, at the death of king Henry nor at the coronation of John his son we were not present, for by that time we were come back into Navarre. But, sir, here is an herald was there present: ye may know everything by him, an it please you.' Then the herald was called forth and demanded by the duke of Lancaster how the matter was. He answered and said : ` Sir, at your request I shall sbew you. In the mean season, while these noblemen were at Pampelone, abiding the accomplishment of the treaty, the which was made by their good wills and leaves, I tarried behind still with the king of Navarre, whereas I had good cheer both of him and of his men and so I went with him from Pampelone to Saint Dominic's, against whose coming king Henry issued out of the town with a goodly company and met us with great sign of love and peace. And there the king of Navarre was greatly honoured by him and all his, and gave him the same night an honest supper. And after supper tidings was brought to them how that a great wild boar was lodged in the launds thereby, and so it was ordained that the next morning they should go and hunt the same boar and so they did, at which hunting there was both kings and a great company, and the boar taken, and against night they returned again with great love to Saint Dominic's. And the next day king Henry departed and went to Belorade for a day that be had there against his men, and there he fell sick and so died. And the king of Navarre was coming toward him to see him there, and by the way he heard word of his death, whereof he was right sorry, and so returned again ; and then I took leave of him and went into Castile to know some tidings there. This king Henry died on Whitsunday, and anon after, the twenty-fifth day of July, the day of Saint James and Saint Christopher, John of Castile his eldest son was crowned king in the cathedral church in the city of Burgos, at the which coronation were all the barons and prelates of Spain, of Galice, of Cordowan and of Seville, and all they sware there on the holy Evangelists to take and maintain him for their king, and there was made the same day two hundred and ten new knights and many a great gift given. The next morning with a great company of noblemen he went to an abbey of ladies without Burgos called Horghes,l and there he heard mass and dined. And after dinner there was great jousting, and the viscount of Roquebertin of Aragon had the prize; and then he returned again to Burgos : and this feast endured fifteen days.' Then the duke of Lancaster enquired if the king of Portugal was desired to be there or not. 'Sir,' quoth the herald, 'he was desired ; but for all that he was not there, nor would not come thither. And, as it was said, he answered the messenger that came to him, how he would not go to the coronation of the son of a bastard.' ' By my faith,' quoth the duke of Lancaster, 'he was right well counselled to say these words: I can him great thank therefor. I trust the matter shall not long abide in that case, for my brother and I will demand that heritage, whereof he calleth himself king as now.' And so they left talking and ca



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