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shall know nothing of you by me.' So thus king don Peter was brought to the Begue's lodging, into the proper lodging of sir Yon of Laconet; and he had not been there the space of an hour, when that king Henry and the earl of Roquebertin and a certain with them came to the same lodging. And as soon as king Henry was entered into the chamber, he said : `Where is that whoreson and Jew that calleth himself king of Castile?' Then king don Peter, who was a right hardy and a cruel knight, advanced himself and said: `Nay, thou art a whoreson and I am son to king Alphonso.' And therewith he took king Henry his brother in his arms and wrestled so with him that he overthrew him on a bench, and set his hand on his knife and had slain him without remedy, an the viscount of Roquebertin had not been. He took king don Peter by the leg and turned him up-se-down, so that king Henry was then above, who drew out a long knife and strake king don Peter into the body. Therewith his men came in to help him, and there was slain also by him a knight of England called sir Ralph Helme, who was sometime called the green squire, and another squire called James Rolland, because they made defence ; but as for don Ferrant of Castro and the other, had none evil, but remained prisoners to the Begue of Villaines and to sir Yon of Laconet. Thus ended king don Peter of Castile, who sometime reigned in great prosperity. And after he was slain, he was left three days above the earth,' the which methink was great pity. Then the next day the lord of Montiel yielded him to king Henry, and he took him to mercy and all those that would turn to him. Then tidings ran over all Castile how king don Peter was slain, whereof his friends were sorry and his enemies joyful. But when the king of Portugal heard how his cousin king don Peter was dead, he was right sorrowful, and sware and said that his death should be revenged. And so he sent incontinent his defiance to king Henry and made him war and kept the marches of Seville against him a certain season ; but for all that king Henry left not his purpose in pursuing of his enterprise, but returned to Toledo, the which yielded up straight to him and all the country thereabout. And at last the ' That is, `on the ground' where he was slain. king of Portugal thought not to keep any longer war against king Henry, so there was a peace made between them by the means of the prelates and lords of Spain. Thus king Henry abode in peace king of Castile, and with him sir Bertram of Guesclin, sir Oliver of Mauny and other knights and squires of France and of Bretayne. And king Henry did much for them, as he was bound to do, for without their help he bad not obtained his purpose and so he made sir Bertram constable of Spain and gave him the land of Soria, the which was yearly worth twenty thousand franks, and to sir Oliver his nephew he gave the land of Ecrette,' the which was yearly worth ten thousand franks, and also he gave fair lands to divers other knights and squires. Then the king went and lay at Burgos with his wife and children. Of his prosperity and good adventure greatly rejoiced the French king, the duke of Anjou, and also the king of Aragon. About the same time died sir Lyon of England duke of Clarence, who had passed the sea, as ye have heard before, and had married the daughter of Galeas lord of Milan. But because he died strangely, the lord Edward Spenser his companion kept war against him a certain space, but finally he was informed of the truth. Now let us return to the adventures of the duchy of Acquitaine.

SUMMARY.-The lords of Gascony persevered in their appeal to the French king, although it was shewn them that they had no right of appeal but to the king of England. The French king was unwilling to make war with the English, but on examination of the treaty of Brdtigny he was counselled that he had just cause.


How the French king sent to summon the prince of Wales by appeal to appear personally in the chamber of the peers of France at Paris, to answer there against the barons of Gascoyne. So much the French king was exhorted by them of his council, and so oft required by them of Gascoyne, that there was appeal 1 Agreda

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