As soon as king Edward had passed the river of l'Escault and was entered into the realm of France, he called to him sir Henry of Flanders, who was as then a young squire, and there he made him knight, and gave him yearly two hundred pounds sterling, sufficiently assigned him in England. Then the king went and lodged in the abbey of Mount Saint-Martin, and there tarried two days, and his people abroad in the country; and the duke of Brabant was lodged in the abbey of Vaucelles. When the French king at Compiegne heard these tidings, then he enforced his summons, and sent the earl of Eu and of Guines his constable to Saint- Quentin's, to keep the town and frontiers there against his enemies, and sent the lord of Coucy into his own country, and the lord of Ham to his, and sent many men of arms to Guise and to Ribemont, to Bohain, and the fortresses joining to the entry of the realm; and so went himself toward Peronne. In the mean season that king Edward lay at the abbey of Mount Saint-Martin, his men ran abroad in the country to Bapaume and near to Peronne and to SaintQuentin's. They found the country plentiful; for there had been no war of a long season; and so it fortuned that sir Henry of Flanders, to advance his body and to increase his honour, [went] on a day with other knights, whereof sir John of Hainault was chief, and with him the lord of Fauquemont, the lord of Berg, the lord of Bautersem, the lord of Cuyk and divers other to the number of five hundred : and they avised a town thereby, called Honnecourt, wherein much people were gathered on trust of the fortresses, and therein they had conveyed all their goods ; and there had been sir Arnold of Baquehem and sir William of Duvenvoorde and their company, but they attained nothing there. There was at this Honnecourt an abbot of great wisdom and hardiness; and he' caused to be made without the town a harrier overthwart the street, like a grate, not past half a foot wide every grate, and
How king Edward made sir Henry of Flanders knight.
he made great provisions of stones anc I quicklime, and men ready to defend the place. And these lords, when they came thither, they lighted afoot and entered to the barrier with their glaives in their hands, and there began a sore assault, and they within valiantly defended themselves. There was the abbot himself, who received j and gave many great strokes : there was a fierce assault: they within cast down stones, pieces of timber, pots full of chalk,' and did much hurt to the assailers: and sir Henry of Flanders, who held his glaive in his hands, and gave therewith great strokes. At the last the abbot took the glaive in his hands and drew it so to him, that at last he set hands on sir Henry's arm, and drew it so sore that he pulled out his arm at the harrier to the shoulder and held him at a great advantage, for an the harrier had been wide enough, he had drawn him through; but sir Henry would not let his weapon go for saving of his honour. Then the other knights strake at the abbot to rescue their fellow: so this wrastling endured a long space, but finally the knight was rescued, hut his glaive abode with the abbot. And on a day, when I wrote this hook, as I passed by I was skewed the glaive by the monks there, that kept it for a treasure.2 So this said day Honnecourt was sore assailed, the which endured till it was night, and divers were slain and sore hurt. Sir John of Hainault lost there a knight of Holland called sir Herman. When the Flemings, Hainowes, Englishmen and Almains saw the fierce wills of them within, and saw how they could get nothing there, withdrew themselves against night. And the next day on the morning the king departed from Mount Saint - Martin, commanding that no person should do any hurt: to the abbey, the which commandment was kept. And so then they entered int Vermandois, and took that day thei
1 `Chaulx,' i.e. `quicklime.'
2 The fuller text has it as follows: `But hi glaive abode with the abbot by reason of his grea prowess, who kept it many years aft