of Armagnac, the earl of Comminges, the lord d'Albret, the earl of Caraman,' the captal of Buch, the lord of Terride, the viscount of Castelbon, the lord of Lescun, the lord of Rauzan, the lord of Lesparre, the lord of Caumont, the lord of Mussidan, the lord of Curton, the lord of Puycornet and all the other barons and knights of Gascoyne and of Bearn ; and also the earl of Foix was desired to come thither, but he would not, but excused himself because he had a disease in his leg and might not ride, but he sent thither his counsel. To this parliament thus holden in the city of Bordeaux came all the earls, viscounts, barons and wise men of Acquitaine, of Saintonge, Poitou, Quercy, Limousin and of Gascoyne : and when they were all come, they went to council three days on the state and ordinance for this king don Peter of Spain, who was always there present in the council with the prince his cousin, reasoning always to fortify his quarrel and business. Finally the prince was counselled that he should send sufficient messengers to the king his father into England, to know his counsel what he should do in that case; and his pleasure and answer once known, then all the lords said they would take counsel together, and so make the prince such an answer that of reason he should be well content. Then there were chosen and named four knights of the prince's, that should go into England to the king, that is to say, sir Delaware, sir Niel Loring, sir John and sir Elie of Pommiers. Thus then departed and brake up this council, and every man went home to their own houses; and king don Peter tarried still at Bordeaux with the prince and princess, who did him much honour and made him great feast and cheer. And then the foresaid four knights departed, who were appointed to go into England, and they took shipping and sped so well in their journey by the help of God and the wind, that they arrived at Hampton, and there rested one clay to refresh them and to unship their horses and carriages, and the second day took their horses and rode so long that they came to the city of London. And there they demanded where the king
1 This the viscount of Caraman, and sob e is called in chap. 234.
was, and it was shewed them how he was at Windsor : and thither they went, and were right welcome and well received both with the king and with the queen, as well because they were pertaining to the prince their son, as also because they were lords and knights of great recommendation. Then they delivered their letters to the king, and the king opened and read them ; and when he had a little studied, then he said : ` Sirs, ye shall go to your lodgings, and I shall send to you certain lords and wise men of my council, and they shall answer you with short expedition.' This answer pleased well these knights, and the next day they returned to London, and within a short space after the king came to Westminster, and with him the most greatest of his council, as his son the duke of Lancaster, the earl of Arundel, the earl of Salisbury, the earl of Manny,' sir Raynold Cobham, the earl Percy, the lord Nevill and divers other ; and prelates there were the bishop of Winchester, of Lincoln and of London. And so they kept a great council and a long upon the prince's letters, and on his request that he had made to the king his father. Finally it seemed to the king and his council a thing due and reasonable for the prince to take on him, to bring again the king of Spain into his own heritage, and to this they all openly agreed. And thereupon they wrote notable letters directed from the king and from the council of England to the prince and to all the barons of Acquitaine, and so with these letters the said messengers departed again to the city of Bordeaux, whereas they found the prince and the king don Peter, to whom they delivered letters from the king of England. Then was there a new day of council set to be had in the city of Bordeaux, and thither came all such as were sent for. Then there was read openly in the council the king of England's letters, the which dev