lord a long season and I have kept and governed you in good peace to my power, nor ye have not seen in me the contrary but that I have entertained you in great prosperity, in like manner as a lord ought to keep his men and subjects. But it is to my great displeasure, and it ought to be to you that are my men, that the French king thus hateth me and will hate, because I sustain about me and in my company the duke of Bretayne my cousin-german, who as now is not well beloved in France, nor he dare not well trust his men in his own country because of five or six barons that loveth him not. Wherefore the king would that I should drive him out of my country, the which should be a strange thing to him. I say not nay, but if I did comfort my cousin either with towns or castles against the realm of France, then the king might have good cause to complain him of me but I do not so, nor am not in will so to do, and therefore I have here assembled you together, skewing you the perils that may hap to fall. Therefore I would know your minds, whether he shall abide still with me or not.' They answered all with one voice : `Sir, let him abide still : why should he not? And, sir, if there be any man living that will make you war, ye shall find ready in your land of Flanders two hundred thousand men of war to serve you.' Those words greatly rejoiced the earl, and said : ` Sirs, I thank you.' And so ended that parliament, and the earl was well content with his men and gave every man leave to depart in peace. Then when the earl saw his time, he returned to Bruges, and the duke of Bretayne with him. Thus these matters hanged in a trance: the earl was in great grace with his people and the country in peace and prosperity ; the which abode not so long after, for it was in great tribulation, as ye shall hear after in this history.
How the duke of Bretayne departed out of Flanders, and how the earl of Saint-Pol was taken prisoner, and how he was married in England, and of the wars that fell then in Bretayne.
YE may well know how the French king had knowledge of all this matter and how the earl had answered. He loved him not one whit the better : howbeit, he must let it pass, for more he could not have as at that time, and said how the earl of Flanders was the most proudest prince that he knew: and a man might have seen well by the manner of the king that the earl was the lord that the king would most gladly have brought somewhat to reason, when he saw that he withsaid him and that he was no more displeased than he was. The earl of Flanders for all the king's writing and that he was in his great displeasure because of keeping about him the duke of Bretayne, yet, that notwithstanding, he kept him still as long as it pleased him to tarry and made him keep a goodly estate. Finally the duke of Bretayne had counsel to draw into England, and so he took leave of the earl his cousin and went to Gravelines, and thither came to him the earl of Salisbury with five hundred spears and a thousand archers, for doubt of the French garrisons, and so brought him to Calais, whereof sir Hugh Calverley was captain, who received him right joyously; and when the duke had tarried there a five days, he had wind at will and so took the sea and the earl of Salisbury in his company, and so arrived at Dover and came to the young king Richard, who received him with great joy, and so did also the duke of Lancaster and the earls of Cambridge and of Buckingham and the great lords of England. Ye have heard before how sir Valeran of Luxembourg, young earl of Saint-Pol, was taken prisoner between Ardres and Calais and was in England at the king's pleasure for king Edward in his lifetime bought him of the lord of Comminges, for he was first his prisoner, because he made the journey, when he was taken of a squire, a man of arms of the country of Gueldres : so this young earl of Saint-Pol abode long prisoner in England, or he was delivered. It was of truth the king offered him ofttimes in exchange for the captal of Buch, while he lived; but the French king