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David and all his company were entered, in trust of the great wilderness. The king of England tarried there a three days, to see if the Scots would issue out to fight with him. In these three days there were divers skirmishes on both parties, and divers slain, taken and sore hurt among the Scots. Sir William Douglas was he that did most trouble to the Englishmen he bare azure, a comble silver, three stars gules.


How the earl of Salisbury and the earl Moray were delivered out of prison by exchange.


How sir Charles de Blois with divers lords of France took the city of Rennes in Bretayne.

SUMMARY.-Sir Charles of Blois remained at Nantes for the winter, and then laid siege to Rennes. The countess of Montfort, who was at Hennebont, sent to get help from the king of England, who sent sir Walter of Manny with a body of men of arms and three thousand archers, but they were detained for sixty days on their passage by contrary winds. Meanwhile the burgesses of Rennes yielded up their town in the beginning of May MCCCXLII.

IN these said three days there were noblemen on both parties that treated for a peace to be had between these two kings; and their treaty took such effect, that a truce was agreed, to endure two year, so that the French king would thereto agree ; for the king of Scots was so sore allied to the French king, that he might take no peace without his consent. And if so be the French king would not agree to the peace, then the truce to endure to the first day of May following. And it was agreed that the earl of Moray should be quit for his prisonment, if the king of Scots could do so much, to purchase with the French king that the earl of Salisbury might in like manner be quit out of prison ; the which thing should be done before the feast of Saint John Baptist next after. The king of England agreed the sooner to this truce, because he had war in France, in Gascoyne, in Poitou, in Saintonge, in Bretayne; and in every place he had men of war at his wages. Then the king of Scots sent great messengers to the French king, to agree to this truce. The French king was content, seeing it was the desire of the king of Scots. Then the earl of Salisbury was sent into England, and the king of England sent incontinent the earl Moray into Scotland.


How sir Charles de Blois besieged the countess of Montfort in Hennebont.

WHEN the city of Rennes was given up, the burgesses made their homage and fealty to the lord Charles of Blois. Then he was counselled to go and lay siege to Hennebont, whereas the countess was, saying that the earl being in prison, if they might get the countess and her son, it should make an end of all their war. Then they went all to Hennebont and laid siege thereto, and to the castle also, as far as they might by land. With the countess in Hennebont there was the bishop of Leon in Bretayne, also there was sir Ives of Tresiguidy, the lord of Landernan, sir William of Cadoudal, and the chatelain of Guingamp, the two brethren of Quirich, sir Henry and sir Oliver of Spinefort, and divers other. When the countess and her company understood that the Frenchmen were coming to lay siege to the town of Hennebont, then it was commanded to sound the watch-bell alarm, and every man to be armed and draw to their defence. When sir Charles and the Frenchmen came near to the town, they commanded to lodge there that night. Some of the young lusty companions came skirmishing to the barriers, and some of them within issued out to them, so that there was a great affray ; but the Genoways and Frenchmen lost more

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