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ships. The storm was so hideous, that in less than a day they were driven a hundred leagues from the place where they were before. And the English ships took a little haven not far from the city of Vannes, whereof they were right glad.


SUMMARY.-The English lard siege to Vannes and took it by assault. The countess of Montfort went with sir Walter de Manny to Henneborrt : the earls of Salisbury and Pembroke laid siege to Rennes ; and sir Robert d'Artois remained at Vannes. Sir Herve de Leon and the lord Clisson recovered Vannes, and sir Robert d'Artois was wounded in the defence. After staying for a time at Henneborrt, he set sail for England and there died. The king of England, to avenge his death, landed with air army near Vannes, and laid siege to the town. Charles of Blois sent for aid to the French king. The king of England left a force before Vannes and went on to Nantes. There also he left a part of his army and returning lard siege to Dinan.


How sir Herve of Leon and the lord Clisson were taken prisoners before Vannes.

WHILE the king of England was thus in Bretayne, wasting and destroying the country, such as he had lying at siege before Vannes gave divers assaults, and specially at one of the gates. And on a day there was a great assault and many feats of arms done on both parties. They within set open the gate and came to the barriers, because they saw the earl of Warwick's banner and the earl of Arundel's, the lord Stafford's and sir Walter of Manny's, adventuring themselves jeopardously, as they thought : wherefore the lord Clisson, sir Herve of Leon and other adventured themselves courageously. There was a sore skirmish : finally the Englishmen were put back: then the knights of Bretayne G opened the barriers and adventured themselves, and left six knights with a good number to keep the town, and they issued out after the Englishmen. And the Englishmen reculed wisely, and ever fought as they saw their advantage. The Englishmen multiplied in such wise that at last the Frenchmen and Bretons were fain to recule back again to their town, not in so good order as they came forth. Then the Englishmen followed them again, and many were slain and hurt. They of the town saw their men recule again and chased : then they closed their barriers in so evil a time, that the lord Clisson and sir Herve of Leon were closed without, and there they were both taken prisoners. And on the other side the lord Stafford was gone in so far, that he was closed in between the gate and the barriers, and there he was taken prisoner, and divers that were with him taken and slain. Thus the Englishmen drew to their lodgings, and the Bretons into the city of Vannes. CHAPTERS XCVI-XCIX SUMMARY. -Tire king of England took Dinan by assault.' In the meantime sir Louis of Spain kept the sea and did much damage to the English ships. The duke of Normandy, the earl of AlenIf the duke of Bourbon and marry other lords came to Nantes to help Charles of Blows. The king of England sent for his force which lay before Nantes to come to Vannes. The duke of Normandy carne up from Nantes and lay over against the king of England at Vannes. The king of England sent for them that lay at siege before Rennes. The two hosts lay one against the other till it was well onward in winter. Their by means of two cardinals sent by the pope Clement VI. a truce was agreed to for three years. The lord Clisson was exchanged for the lord Stafford, but on suspicion of treason he was shortly after put to death by the French

1 From Froissart's last redaction, with which lord Berners was not acquainted, we know that the captain of the town was made prisoner by the young knight John Bourchier, ancestor of our translator,

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