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to him the duke of Lancaster his brother and sir John Chandos ; and so these two lords with a small company rode to the town of Saint-John's with this said knight, and there the king of Navarre received them right joyously, and there had long counsel together. Finally it was accorded that the king of Navarre should approach nearer to the prince to a certain place called Peyrehorade, and thither the prince and king don Peter should come to speak with him and there to renew all their covenants and there each of them to know what they should have. All that the king of Navarre did before was to the intent to be the better assured of their promises than he thought himself he was : for he doubted that if the companions wire entered into his country, and this treaty and accord between them not sealed, then he feared he should not have that he desired, when he would. On this treaty returned the duke of Lancaster and sir John Chandos, and recounted to the prince and to king don Peter how they had sped; the which pleased them right well, and so kept their day and came to the place assigned, and also the king of Navarre and the most special of his council. And there were these three lords, the king don Peter, the prince of Wales and the duke of Lancaster on the one party, and the king of Navarre on the other party, long communing together ; and there it was devised and accorded what every man should have, and there was renewed the treaty among them. And there the king of Navarre knew the certainty what he should have of the realm of Castile, and king don Peter and. he sware good love, peace and confederation between them and departed amiably asunder ; and then their host might pass when it pleased them, for the passages and straits were opened and victuals apparelled through all the realm of Navarre for their money. Then the king of Navarre went to the city of Pampelone, and the prince and his brother and king don Peter went to the city of Ast. And as then there were divers knights and lords of Poitou, of Bretayne and of Gascoyne not come to the prince's host, but tarried behind ; for as it hath been said before it was not fully known whether the prince should have passage or not, till the end of this treaty was concluded ; and specially in France it was supposed that he should not pass that way, but rather that the king of Navarre should have broken his viage, the which fell contrary. And when these knights and squires knew the certainty thereof and perceived that the passages were opened, then they advanced themselves as fast as they might, for they knew well that the prince would pass shortly and not return again without battle. Thither came the lord Clisson with a fair company of men of arms, and at last came with an evil will the lord d'Albret with two hundred spears, and all that viage he kept company with the captal of Buch. And all this matter and confederations knowledge thereof was had in France, for always there were messengers coming and going, reporting alway that they knew or heard. And when sir Bertram of Guesclin, who was with the duke of Anjou, knew how the prince was passed and how the passages of Navarre were opened to them, then he enforced his summons and thought surely the matter should not be ended without battle. Then he took his way toward Aragon to come to king Henry as fast as he might, and all manner of people followed him, such as were commanded, and divers other of the realm of France and other places, such as thought to advance themselves to get honour.


Of the passage of the prince, and how he passed, and all his company.

BETWEEN Saint-John's de Pied-de-Port and the city of Pampelone under the mountains there are straits and perilous passages, for there is a hundred places on the same passages that a hundred men may keep a passage against all the world. Also it was at the same season very cold, for it was about the month of February when they passed. But or they passed, they took wise counsel how and by what means they should pass; for it was skewed them plainly that they

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