duke commanded that it should be done, and to get carpenters in the country and to give them good wages : so these four scaffolds were made in four ships, but it was long first, and cost much or they were finished. Then such as should assail the castle in them were appointed and entered ; and when they were passed half the river, they within the castle let go four martinets, that they had newly made to resist against these scaffolds. These four martinets did cast out so great stones, and so often fell on the scaffolds, that in a short space they were all to broken, so that they that were within them could not be pavised by them, so that they were fain to draw back again, and or they were again at land one of the scaffolds drowned in the water, and the most part of them that were within it ; the which was great damage, for therein were good knights, desiring their bodies to advance. When the duke saw that he could not come to his intent by that means, he caused the other three scaffolds to rest. Then he could see no way how he might get the castle, and he had promised not to depart thence till he had it at his will, without the king his fattier did send for him. Then he sent the constable of France and the earl of Tancarville to Paris to the king, and there they shewed him the state of the siege of Aiguillon. The king's mind was that the duke should lie there still, till he had won them by famine, sith he could not have them by assault.
How the king of England came over the sea again, to rescue them in Aiguillon.
THE king of England, who had heard how his men were sore constrained in the castle of Aiguillon, then he thought to go over the sea into Gascoyne with a great army. There he made his provision and sent for men all about his realm and in other places, where he thought to speed for his money. In the same season the lord Godfrey of Harcourt came into England, who was banished out of France: he was well received with the king and retained to be about him, and had fair lands assigned him in England to maintain his degree. Then the king caused a great navy of ships to be ready in the haven of Hampton, and caused all manner of men of war to draw thither. About the feast of Saint John Baptist the year of our Lord God MCCCXLV1., the king departed from the queen and left her in the guiding of the earl of Kent his cousin ; and he stablished the lord Percy and the lord Nevill to be wardens of his realm with [the archbishop of Canterbury,] the archbishop of York, the bishop of Lincoln and the bishop of Durham ; for he never voided his realm but that he left ever enough at home to keep and defend the realm, if need were. Then the king rode to Hampton and there tarried for wind : then he entered into his ship and the prince of Wales with him, and the lord Godfrey of Harcourt, and all other lords, earls, barons and knights, with all their companies. They were in number a four thousand men of arms and ten thousand archers, beside Irishmen and Welshmen that followed the host afoot. Now I shall name you certain of the lords that went over with king Edward in that journey. First, Edward his eldest son, prince of Wales, who as then was of the age of thirteen years or thereabout,' the earls of Hereford, Northampton, Arundel, Cornwall, Warwick, Huntingdon, Suffolk, and Oxford ; and of barons the lord Mortimer, who was after earl of March, the lords John, Louis and Roger of Beauchamp, and the lord Raynold Cobham ; of lords the lord of Mowbray, Ros, Lucy, Felton, Bradestan, Multon, Delaware, Manne,2 Basset, Berkeley, and Willoughby, with divers other lords; and of bachelors there was John Chandos, Fitz-Warin, Peter and James Audley, Roger of Wetenhale, Bartholomew of Burghersh, and Richard of Pembridge, with divers other that I cannot name. Few there were of strangers : there was the earl Hainault,3 sir Wulfart of Ghistelles, and five or six other knights of Almaine, and many other that I cannot name. Thus theysailed forth that dayin the name of God. They were well onward on their way toward Gascoyne, but on the