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How that king Henry allied him to the king of Aragon, and of the men that the prince sent for, and how the prince was counselled to pursue his war, and of the lord d'Albret, who discomfited the seneschal of Toulouse.

SUMMARY.-The men of the companies, who wished to leave Castile and come into Acquitaine, were barred from the passes by the king of Aragon. Finally sir John Chandos obtained them a passage front the earl of Foix. The prince of Wales collected great sums of money from England and elsewhere to maintain men of war, and the lord d'Albret promised to serve him with a thousand spears. Meanwhile one division of the companies passed by Toulouse to Montauban, and the seneschal of Toulouse with the earl of Narbonne endeavoured to stop them. A battle was fought at Mont-uban, in which finally the French were defeated, and the seneschal of Toulouse the earl of Narbonne, the seneschal of Carcassonne and many other knights were taken prisoners.

CHAPTER CCXXXIII How these companions let their prisoners depart on their faiths, but the pope defended them to pay any ransom ; and of the words that the king of Mallorca had to the prince, and of the departing of the prince to go into Spain.

AFTER the discomfiture and taking of the said prisoners, the said sir Perducas d'Albret, sir Robert Cheyne, sir John Trivet, the bourg of Breteuil, Naudan of Bageran and their company parted their booty and all their winning, whereof they had great plenty, and all such as had any prisoners kept them still to their own profit, other to ransom or to quit them at their pleasure. And they ransomed their prisoners right courteously, every man after his degree, the more courteously because this adventure came to them so fortunately by valiantness of deeds of arms; and such as were let go on their faith and promise had days limited to them to bring their ransoms to Bordeaux or to other places, whereas they were appointed. So the prisoners departed and went home into their own countries, and these companions went to the prince, who received them right joyously and sent them to lodge and to abide in the :parches of Basque among the mountains. I shall shew you what befell of this matter and of the earl of Narbonne, the seneschal of Toulouse and other, who were put to ransom and had promised on their faiths to pay it. In the same season there was at Rome pope Urban the fifth, who entirely hated these manner of people of companions and had long time before cursed them because of the villain deeds that they had done. So that when he was informed of this said journey, and how the earl of Narbonne and other were overthrown, he was sore displeased therewith, and suffered till he heard how they were put to their ransom and come home into their own countries and out of their enemies' hands. Then he sent to each of them and by express words defended them in any wise to pay any ransom, and assoiled them of their promise. Thus these knights and lords were quitted of their ransom, such as had been taken at Montauban, for they durst not trespass the pope's commandment: the which happed well for these lords, knights and squires, but it fortuned evil for the companions, who abode and looked ever for their money, trusting to have had it to [have] arrayed and apparelled them like men of war, and so they made great preparation on trust thereof, whereof they were deceived. So this ordinance of the pope was right contagious to them, and they complained oftentimes thereof to sir John Chandos, who was constable of Acquitaine and had the oversight by right of arms in such matters : howbeit, he dissimuled with them as well as he might, because he knew well the pope had cursed them and how that all their deeds turned to pilling and robbery ; and as far as ever I could hear, they had never other remedy in that matter. Now let us speak of the prince of Wales and approach to his viage and shew how he persevered. First, as it hath been skewed here before, he did so much that he had all the companions of his accord, who were

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