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castle was the good town of Vannes, surety that they should have succours witl pertaining to the countess, and captain there was sir Geoffrey of Malestroit. Not far thence also was the good town of Dinan; the chatelain of Guingamp was captain there : he was at Hennebont with the countess, and had left in the town of Dinan his wife and his children, and had left there captain in his stead Raynold his son. Between these two towns stood a strong castle pertaining to sir Charles de Blois, and was well kept with soldiers, Burgoynians captain there was sir Gerard of Malain,' the succours coming, the which she had so and with him another knight called Pierre long desired. Then she cried out aloud Porteboeuf They wasted all the country about them and constrained sore the said two towns, for there could neither merchandise nor provision enter into any of them but in great danger. On a day they would ride toward Vannes, and another day toward Dinan ; and on a day sir Raynold of Guingamp laid a bushment, and the same day sir Gerard of Malain rode forth and had taken a fifteen merchants and all their goods, and was driving of them towards their castle, called Roche-Piriou, and so fell in the bushment. And there sir Raynold of Guingamp took sir Gerard prisoner and a twenty-five of his company, and rescued the merchants and led forth theirprisoners to Dinan, whereofsir Raynold was much praised and well worthy. Now let us speak of the countess of Montfort, who was besieged in Hennebont by sir Louis of Spain, who kept the siege there; and he had so broken and bruised the walls of the town with his engines, so that they within began to be abashed. And on a day the bishop of Leon spake with sir Herve of Leon his nephew, by whom, as it was said, that the earl Montfort was taken. So long they spake together, that they agreed that the bishop should do what he could to cause the company within to agree to yield up the town and castle to sir Charles de Blois, and sir Herve de Leon on the other side should purchase peace for them all of sir Charles de Blois, and to lose nothing of their goods. Thus the bishop entered again into the town : the countess incontinent doubted of some evil purchase. Then she desired the lords and knights that were there, that for the love of God they should be in no doubt ; for she said she was in in three days. Howbeit the bishop spake so much and shewed so many reasons to the lords, that they were in a great trouble all that night. The next morning they drew to council again, so that they were near of accord to have given up the town, and sir Herve was come near to the town to have taken possession thereof. Then the countess looked down along the sea, out at a window in the castle, and began to smile for great joy that she had to see and sand twice: I see the succours o England coming.' Then they of the town ran to the walls and saw a great number of ships great and small, freshly decked,' coming toward Hennebont. They thought well it was the succours of England, who had been on the sea sixty days by reason of contrary winds.


How sir Walter of Manny brought the Englishmen into Bretayne.

WHEN the seneschal of Guingamp, sir Ives of Tresiguidy, sir Galeran of Landernau, and the other knights saw these succours coming, then they said to the bishop: `Sir, ye may well leave your treaty,' for they said they were not content as then to follow his counsel. Then the bishop said: ` Sirs, then our company shall depart, for I will go to him that hath most right, as me seemeth.' Then he departed from Hennebont and defied the countess and all her aiders, and so went to sir Herve de Leon and shewed him how the matter went. Then sir Herve was sore displeased, and caused incontinent to rear up the greatest engines that they had near to the castle, and commanded that they should not cease to cast day and night. Then he departed thence and brought the bishop to sir Louis of Spain, who received him with great joy, and so did sir Charles of Blois. Then the countess dressed up halls and chambers to lodge

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