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of Castro ; t he would never forsake him for none adventure. And so then don Peter went to Seville, the best city of Spain, and when he was come thither, he was in no great surety; wherefore he trussed and put into coffers his treasure, and took a ship with his wife and children, and so departed from Seville, and Ferrant of Castro his knight with hint, and he arrived like a knight discomfited in Galice [at a port] called the Corogne,2 where there was a strong castle, and therein he, his wife and children entered, that is to say, two young daughters, Constance and Isabel, and of all his men and council he had none but Ferrant of Castro.


Now let us spew of Henry the bastard, bow he persevered in his enterprise

THus, as I have spewed before, this king don Peter was sore behated with his own men throughout all the realm of Castile because of the marvellous cruel justice that he had done and by the occasion of the destruction of the noblemen of his realm, the which he had put to death and slain with his hands. Wherefore as soon as they saw his bastard brother enter into the realm with so great puissance, then they drew all to him and received him to their lord, and so rode forth with him ; and they caused cities, towns, boroughs and castles to be opened to him and every man to do him homage: and so the Spaniards all with one voice cried, `Live Henry, and die don Peter, who hath been to us so cruel and so evil.' Thus the lords led forth Henry throughout all the realm of Castile, as the lord Gomez Carillo, the great master of Calatrava,3 and the master of Saint James. So thus all manner of people obeyed to him and crowned him king in the city of Asturge ; and all prelates, earls, barons and knights made him reverence as to their king, and sware always to maintain him as their king, or else, if need required, to die in the quarrel. So thus this king rode from city to city and from town to town,

1 Fernando Perez de Castro.

2 Corunna.

3 `The grand master of the order of Calatrava.'

and always and in every place he had reverence done to him like a king: and then he gave to the knights strangers, such as came with him into the realm of Castile, great gifts and rich jewels so largely, that every man reputed him for a liberal and an honourable lord. And commonly the Normans, Frenchmen and Bretons said that in him was all liberality, and how he was well worthy to live and to reign over a great realm ; and so he did a season right puissantly and in great prosperity. Thus the bastard of Spain came to the seignory of the realm of Castile, and he made his two brethren, don Tello and Sancho, each of them an earl with great revenues and profit. Thus this Henry was king of Castile, of Galice, of Seville, of Toledo and of Lisbon, unto such season as the puissance of Wales and Acquitaine put him out thereof and set again king don Peter into the possession and seignory of the foresaid realms, as ye shall hear after in this history. When that this king Henry saw himself in this estate and that every than obeyed him and reputed him for their king and lord, and saw nothing likely to the contrary of his desire, then he imagined and cast his advice to exalt his name and to employ the number of such companions as were come to serve him out of the realm of France, to make a voyage on the king of Granade; whereof he spake to divers knights, who were well agreed thereto. And always this king Henry held still about him the prince's knights, as sir Eustace d'Aubrecicourt, sir Hugh Calverley and other, and spewed them great token and sign of love in trust that they should aid and serve him in his voyage to Granade, whither he hoped to go. And anon after his coronation there departed from him the most part of the knights of France, and he gave them great gifts at their departing ; and so then returned the earl of Marche, sir Arnold d'Audrehem, the lord Beaujeu and divers other, but sir Bertram of Guesclin tarried still in Castile with the king, and sir Oliver of Manny and the Bretons with certain number of the com

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