sum as a hundred thousand franks.' So after this accord sir Bertram of Guesclin was right busy, and studied daily how to get this sum for his ransom ; and did so much with the aid of the French king and of his friends and of the duke of Anjou, who loved him entirely, that he paid in less than a month a hundred thousand franks. And so he departed and went to serve the duke of Anjou with two thousand fighting men in Provence, whereas the duke lay at siege before the town of Tarascon, the which held of the king of Naples. In the same season there was a marriage concluded between the lord Lyon duke of Clarence and earl of Ulster, son to the king of England, and the daughter to the lord Galeas lord of Milan, the which young lady was niece to the earl of Savoy and daughter to the lady Blanche his sister. And thus the duke of Clarence accompanied with noble knights and squires of England came into France, whereas the king, the duke of Burgoyne, the duke of Bourbon and the lord of Coucy received him with great joy in Paris. And so he passed through the realm of France and came into Savoy, whereas the gentle earl received him right honourably at Cbambery, and there he was three days, greatly feasted with ladies and damosels : and then he departed, and the earl of Savoy brought him to Milan. And there the duke wedded his niece, daughter to the lord of Milan, the Monday next after the feast of the Holy Trinity, the year of our Lord a thousand CCCLX V I I I.
Now let us return to the business of France.
SUMMARY.--The companies being dismissed front Acquitaine went into France, and did much evil. A marriage was made between the lady Isabel of Bourbon and the lord d'Albret, which greatly displeased the prince of Wales.
CHAPTER CCXLI How the barons of Gascoyne complained to the French king of the prince of Wales; and how king Henry returned into Spain, and of the alliances that king don Peter made, and of the counsel that sir Bertram of Guesclin gave to king Henry, and how king don Peter was discomfited.
In the same season that these companions tormented thus the realm of France, the prince was counselled by some of his council to raise a fouage throughout all Acquitaine, and specially the bishop of Bade ; for the state of the prince and princess was so great, that in all Christendom was none like. So to this council for raising of this fouage were called all the noble barons of Gascoyne, of Poitou, of Saintonge and of divers other cities and good towns in Acquitaine ; and at Niort, where this parliament was holden, there it was shewed specially and generally by the bishop of Bade, chancellor of Acquitaine, in the presence of the prince, how and in what manner this fouage should be raised, declaring how the prince was not in mind that it should endure any longer than five years, to run throughout his country, and that the raising thereof was for the intent to pay such money as he ought by reason of his journey into Spain. To the which ordinance were well agreed the Poitous and they of Saintonge, Limousin, Rouergue and of Rocbelle, on the condition that the prince would keep the course of his coin stable seven year ; but divers of other marches of Gascoyne refused this purpose, as the earl of Armagnac, the lord d'Albret his nephew, the earl of Comminges, the viscount of Caraman, the lord de la Barthe, the lord of Terride, the lord of Puycornet and divers other great barons, saying how that in time past, when they obeyed to the French king, they were not then grieved nor oppressed with any subsidies or impositions, and no more they said they would as then, as long as they could defend it, saying how their lands and seignories were free and except from all debts, and that the prince had sworn so to keep and maintain them. Howbeit, to depart peaceably from this parliament, they answered that they would take better advice and so return again, loth prelates, bishops, abbots, barons and knights: and the prince nor his council could have as then none other answer. Thus they departed from the town of Niort, but