vessels that were come out of Aragon. They had wind and weather at will, and arrived without damage at Marseille, whereof all the country was right glad and from thence he went to Avignon and sent word of his coming to the French king and to his brethren, who were right glad of his coming. And the duke of Anjou, who lay at the city of Toulouse, went to see the pope, and at his coming the pope gave him all the gifts that the queen of Naples had given him. The duke of Anjou, who always desired high seignories and great honours, received the gifts in great magnificence, and so had them to him and to his heirs for ever, and said to the pope that in as short time as he might, he would go so strong into those marches, that he would be able to resist them that would do any wrong to the queen of Naples. The duke tarried with the pope a fifteen days, and then returned to Toulouse to the duchess his wife ; and pope Clement delivered his men of war to sir Bernard de la Salle and to Florimont 1 to make war against his enemies. The same season there was in the marches of Tuscany in Italy a valiant knight English called sir John Hacoude,2 who did and had done many a noble feat of arms. He issued out of the realm of France, when the peace was made between the two kings at Bretigny beside Chartres, and in that time he was but a poor knight, and then he thought, to return again into England into his own country he thought he could win nothing there; 3 and when he saw that all men of war should avoid the realm of France by the ordinance and treaty of peace, he made himself captain of a certain number of companions called the Late-comers4 and so went into Burgoyne, and there he assembled a great number of such rutters, English, Gascons, Bretons, Almains and companions of divers nations. And this Hacoude was one of the chief with Briquet and Creswey by whom the
1 Froissart says, `and Clement remained at Avignon and left his men of arms, sir Silvester Bude, sir Bernard de la Salle and Florimont, to make war upon the Romans.' The translator gives what he found in his text.
3 `He thought that by returning again into his own country he could win nothing.'
4 ` Les Tart-Venus.'
battle of Brignais was made, and helped to get the Pont le Spirit with Bernard of Sorges : and when they had warred and harried the country against the pope and the cardinals, then they were entreated and went to the marquis of Montferrat, who as then kept war with the lords of Milan. And so this marquis brought them all beyond the mountains, after he had delivered to them sixty thousand franks, whereof Hacoude had for his part ten thousand for him and his company. And when they had achieved the war with the marquis, divers then returned into France, for sir Bertram of Guesclin, the lord de la Marche, and the lord Beaujeu, the marshal of France, and sir Arnold d'Audrehem 1 brought them into Spain against king don Peter on king Henry's part ; and sir John Hacoude and his company abode still in Italy. And pope Urban the fifth, as long as he lived, had him in his wars of Milan, and in like wise so had pope Gregory, who reigned after him. And this same sir John Hacoude had for the lord Coney a fair journey against the earl of Vertus ; for it was said for truth that the lord Coney had been overthrown by the earl of Vertus and the Lombards, if this Hacoude had not been: for he came to his aid with five hundred, because the lord Coney had wedded the king of England's daughter and for none other cause. This sir John I-lacoude was a knight right hardy and of great experience, and well renowned in the marches of Italy, and did there many great feats of arms. Then the Romans and Urban, who called himself pope, advised in themselves, when Clement was departed from the marches of Rome, to send for him and to make him master and governour of all their war. So they sent for him and retained him and all his company : and he acquitted himself right valiantly; for on a day with the help of the Romans he discomfited Silvester Bude and a great company of Breto