mention how he was much bound thereto because of certain alliances of old time made between him and the king of Castile his cousin, as to aid him, if case required, if he were thereto desired. Wherefore he desired by his letters all his friends and subjects that the prince his son might be aided and counselled by them as well as though he were there present himself. And when the barons of Acquitaine heard read these letters and commandments of the king, and perceived the king's pleasure and the prince's their lord, then they joyously answered and said: `Sir, we shall gladly obey the king our sovereign lord's commandment: it is reason that we obey you and him, and so we will do and serve you in this viage, and king don Peter in like wise. But, sir, we would know who should pay us our wages, for it will be hard to get out men of war into a strange country?" Then the prince beheld king don Peter and said: ` Sir king, ye hear what our people say: answer you them, for it behoveth you to answer, seeing the matters be yours.' Then the king don Peter answered the prince and said `Right dear cousin, as far as the gold, silver and treasure that I have brought hither, which is not the thirtieth part so much as I have left behind me, as long as that will endure, I shall give and part therewith to your people.' Then the prince said : `Sir, ye say well; and as for the remnant, I shall become debtor to them and pay them as the case requireth, the which I shall lend you, and all that we need till we come into Castile.' `Sir,' quoth the king don Peter, ` ye do me great courtesy and grace.' And in this council there were divers sage men, as the earl of Armagnac, the lord of Pommiers, sir John Chandos, the captal of Buch and divers other, who considered that the prince could not well make this viage without the accord and consent of the king of Navarre : for they could not enter into Spain but through his country and through the straits of Roncesvaulx, the which passage they were not in
1 The original gives it thus, but the sense is spoilt by the omission of the words 'sans estre payez,' which are found in the true text: 'for it will be hard to take men of waninto a strange country without they be paid.'
surety to have, because the king of Navarre and Henry the bastard had newly made alliance together. So thus there was much communing how they might do to achieve their purpose : then was it determined that there should be another day assigned of a council to be kept at the city of Bayonne, and that the prince should send sufficient ambassadors to the king of Navarre, desiring him to be at that council in Bayonne. And so on this determination every man departed, fully concluded to be at Bayonne the day limited and prefixed. In the mean season the prince sent sir John Chandos and sir Thomas Felton to the king of Navarre, who was as then in the city of Pampelone. These two sage and well-languaged knights did so much that they came to the king of Navarre, who made faithful covenant by word and by writing sealed to be at the said parliament at Bayonne, and thereon the messengers returned again to the prince and shewed him these tidings. The day assigned of this parliament there came to the city of Bayonne the king of Spain don Peter, the prince, the earl of Armagnac, the lord d'Albret, and all the barons of Gascoyne, Poitou, Quercy, Rouergue, Saintonge and Limousin. And thither came personally the king of Navarre, and the prince and king don Peter did him great honour, because they thought the better to speed with him. So thus in the city of Bayonne there was a great council, the which endured five days, and the prince and his council had much to do or they could bring the king of Navarre to their desire ; for he was a man not easy to be won, if he saw that men had any need of him. Howbeit, the great power of the prince brought him into that case, that finally he sware, promised and sealed to king don Peter peace, love and firm alliance and confederation. And in like manner king don Peter did to him upon certain compositions that were there ordained ; of the which the prince of Wales was a mean between them and chief deviser thereof: the which was, that the king don Peter, as king of all Castile, gave, sealed and accorded to the king of Navarre and to his heirs for ever all the land of Logrono, as it lieth on both sides the river, and also all the land and country of