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mandy. Finally the king was so counselled, that he was delivered out of prison and all his costs paid ; and the king sent for him to his lodging of Nesle in Paris, and there he dined with the king, and the king presented him great gifts and jewels to the value of a thousand florins. Sir Gaultier of Manny received them on a condition, that when he came to Calais, that if the king of England his master were pleased that he should take them, then he was content to keep them, or else to send them again to the French king, who said he spake like a noble man. Then he took his leave' and departed, and rode so long by his journeys that he came into Hainault, and tarried at Valenciennes three days ; and so from thence be went to Calais and was welcome to the king. But when the king heard that sir Gaultier of Manny had received gifts of the French king, he said to him: `Sir Gaultier, ye have hitherto truly served us, and shall do, as we trust. Send again to king Philip the gifts that he gave you ; ye have no cause to keep them. We thank God we have enough for us and for you: we be in good purpose to do much good for you according to the good service that ye have done.' Then sir Gaultier took all those jewels and delivered them to a cousin of his called Mansart,1 and said: `Ride into France to the king there and recommend me unto him, and say how I thank him a thousand times for the gift that he gave me ; but shew him how it is not the pleasure of the king my master that I should keep them ; therefore I send them again to him.' This knight rode to Paris and shewed all this to the king, who would not receive again the jewels, but did give them to the same knight sir Mansart, who thanked the king and was not in will to say nay.


How the earl of Derby the same season took in Poitou divers towns and castles, and also the city of Poitiers.

1 This is the same sir Mansart d'Esne who has been mentioned above, but the translator, finding the name here written ` Mansac,' introduces him as a new person-


How the king of Scots during the siege before Calais came into England with a great host.

IT is long now sith we spake of king David of Scotland : howbeit till now there was none occasion why, for the truce that was taken was well and truly kept : so that when the king of England had besieged Calais and lay there, then the Scots determined to make war into England and to be revenged of such hurts as they had taken before. For they said then how that the realm of England was void of men of war ; for they were, as they said, with the king of England before Calais, and some in Bretayne, Poitou and Gascoyne. The French king did what he could to stir the Scots to that war, to the intent that the king of England should break up his siege and return to defend his own realm. The king of Scots made his summons to be at Saint-John's town on the river of Tay in Scotland : thither came earls, barons and prelates of Scotland, and there agreed that in all baste possible they should enter into England. To come in that journey was desired John of the out Isles, who governed the wild Scots, for to him they obeyed and to no man else. He came with a three thousand of the most outrageoust people in all the country. When all the Scots were assembled, they were of one and other a fifty thousand fighting men. They could not make their assembly so secret but that the queen of England, who was as then in the marches of the North about York, knew all their dealing. Then she sent all about for men and lay herslef at York: then all men of war and archers came to Newcastle with the queen. In the mean season the king of Scots departed from Saint-John's town and went to Dunfermline the first day. The next day they passed a little arm of the sea and so came to Stirling, and then to Edinburgh. Then they numbered their company, and they were a three thousand men of arms, knights and squires, and a thirty thousand of other on hackneys. Then they came to Roxburgh, the first fortress English on that part captain there was si

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