countess of Artois, mother of the earl of Flanders, took pains to end the war, and desired the duke of Burgundy, who by his wife was next heir to the earldom of Flanders, to find some remedy. By his means peace was arranged, on condition that the earl should pardon all and should come to dwell in Ghent, and they of Ghent should rebuild the castle of Wondelghem. The earl came first to Bruges and there stayed some time. The duke of Brittany at the desire of his people returned from England with sir Robert Knolles and a small force of Englishmen, and was received in Brittany with joy by most. The emperor Charles of Bohemia died, having first secured the election of his son. A marriage was proposed between the young king of England and the daughter of the emperor Charles.
How the Englishmen that were sent into Bretayne were tormented on the sea, and how the Gauntois desired to have the earl of Flanders their lord to come dwell in their town of Gaunt.
THE same season it was ordained in England by the king and his council that two hundred men of arms and four hundred archers should go into Bretayne, and the chief captain of that journey should be sir John Arundel, and with him should go sir Hugh Calverley, sir Thomas Banaster, sir Thomas Trivet, sir Walter Paveley, sir John Bourchier, the lord Ferrers and the lord Basset. All these knights drew to Hampton ; and when they had wind, they entered into their ships and departed. The first day the wind was reasonable good for them, but against night the wind turned contrary to them, and whether they would or not, they were driven on the coast of Cornwall. The wind was so sore and strainable, that they could cast none anchor, nor also they durst not. In the morning the wind brought them into the Irish sea, and by the rage of the tempest three of their ships brast and went to wrack, wherein was sir John Arundel, sir Thomas Banaster and sir Hugh Calverley, and a hundred men of arms, of the which hundred fourscore were drowned, and sir John Arundel their captain was there perished, which was great damage : and sir Hugh Calverley was never in his life before so nigh his death, for-all that ever was in his ship, except himself and seven mariners, were all drowned. For he and the seven mariners that were saved took hold of tables 1 and masts, and the strength of the wind brought them to the sands howbeit, they had drunk water enough, whereof they were right sick and evil at ease. Out of this danger escaped sir Thomas Trivet and sir John Bourchier, the lord Ferrers, the lord Basset and divers other, but they were sore tormented and in great peril ; and after that this tempest was ceased, they returned again to Hampton, and went back again to the king and his uncles and recounted all their adventures, weening to them that sir Hugh Calverley had been drowned with the other. Howbeit, that was not so, for he was gone sick to London. Thus brake up that journey, whereby the duke of Bretayne could have no comfort of the Englishmen, which was right contrarious to him ; for all that season and the winter following the Frenchmen made him right sore war, and the Bretons, as sir Oliver Clisson and his company, took the town of Dinan in Bretayne by reason of vessels and barges; and so the town was pilled and robbed and was kept against the duke a long season after. Now let us return to the business of Flanders. When the peace was agreed between the earl of Flanders and them of Gaunt by the means of the duke of Burgoyne, whereby he got himself much thank in the country, the intent and pleasure of them of Gaunt was to have their lord the earl of Flanders to dwell with them in Gaunt, and there to keep his household. The earl also was counselled by the provost of Harlebecclue and of them that were next about him, to do so, whereby he should nourish great love between him and them of Gaunt. The earl lay still at Bruges and came not to Gaunt, whereof they had great marvel, and specially the good and rich men of Gaunt and such as were sage and wise, for they desired nothing but peac