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Sardonne; Sir Pierre d'Ast, Lord of Argies; Sir Hemy, A.D. ui5.
Lord of Les Roches; Sir John de Montenay; the Lord
of Combourt; the Viscount of La Belliere; Sir Bertran
de Montaben; Bertran de Saint Gille; Sir John
de Werchin, seneschal of Hainault; the Lord of
Hamaide; the Lord of Quesnoy; the Lord of
Montigny; the Lord of Quievrain; the Lord of
Jeumont; the Lord of Chim; Sir Symon de Haurech;
the Lord of Potes; Sir John de Gres; Sir Allemant
de Chansnes; Sir Philip de Lens, and Sir Henry,
brother to the Bishop of Cambray; Sir Michiel
du Chasteler and his brother; the Lord of Torez,
and Sir Briffaut, his brother; Sir Baudrain d'Asne;
Sir Maillart d'Ozonville; the Lord of Bouzincourt;
the Lord of Frescencourt; the Lord of Hetrus;
the Lord of Moys in Beauvaisis, and his son; Sir
Collard de Fiennes; Sir Collard de Sempy; the Lord
of Le Bois d'Annequin; the Lord of Danmont; Sir
Rasse de Moncaurel; Sir Lancelot de Clary; the Lord
of La Raschie; Sir Grard de Herbaumez; Sir Grard
de Rocourt; Sir Robert de Montigny; Sir Charles de
Chastillon; Philip de Poitiers; the Lord of Faignoles;
the Lord of Saint Pierre; Sir Regnault de Corbye;
Sir Yvain de Beuval; Sir Brunei Fretel; Sir le
Baudrain de Belloy; Sir Regnault d'Azincourt; Sir
Pousses de Challus, Lord of Chastelneuf; the
Lord of Marquettes, Sir Lancelot de Reubempre;
the Lord of Voissai; Sir Hector de Chartres and his
two brothers; the Lord of Beauvoir; the Lord of
Cauroy and his brother; Sir Collard de Monbercant;
Sir Charles de Bottry; Sir Guy Gourles and the
Lord of Herlin; and the Lord of Regnauville;
the Lord of Fyeves; the Lord of Toncques; Sir
Maillet de Gournay and his brother; Sir Porru de
Neelle; Sir Charnel de Hangart; the Lord of Hon
court in Cambresis; Sir Guisnart d'Ensne; the Lord of
Rasse; Sir Collard de Rasse; the Lord of Espaigny;
A.D. uis. the Lord of Chepoy; Sir Gerard de la Hauresse; Sir Louis de Vertain; Sir Hectorin d'Ongnies and his brother; Sir Henry rie Bassy; Sir Artus de Mouy; Sir Le Borgne de N'eelle; Sir Floridas de Mordal; Sir Tristran de Mouy, Lord of Verneulle; the Viscount of Dommart, and irany others.
If I were to write down by name and surname all the barons, knights, esquires, and noble men that fell on this day, I should put down too many, but to come to an end, I have named only the most renowned and well-known; for so many noblemen and gentle esquires were killed that it was pitiable, as I the author of this work saw with my eyes. Besides, I have inquired of the officers-at-arms and others who were in the two armies, so that I have been well informed of the truth of all that was done then, as well on the English side as the French; likewise I was largely informed by Sir Hues de Lannoy and Gilbert, his brother, which Sir Hues was taken prisoner, but he escaped the same night.
The number of the slain was ten thousand; of whom it is hoped that about sixteen hundred were varlets. All the rest were men of noble birth, most of whose relatives and friends carried the bodies from the field and buried them as they thought good. Among them were found six score banners; and if they had waited till Saturday to fight, there would have been a much greater number on the French side; for people poured in from every quarter, as if going to a festival of tourney or village fete.i
Now since I have recounted to you those who perished on this fatal day, it is right that I should likewise tell you of those who were made prisoners, of whom there were at least sixteen hundred, all men of note: first, Charles, Duke of Orleans; the Duke of
1 The word in the original is ducassc.
Bourbon; the Count of Eu; the Count of Vendome ; A.D. 1415 the Count of Richemont; Sir Jacques de Harcourt; Sir John de Craon, Lord of Dommart; the Lord of Fosseux; the Lord of Humieres; the Lord of Roye; the Lord of Channy; Sir Behort Quieret; the Lord of Ligne, in Hainault; the Lord of Noyelle, called the white knight, and Sir Bandoc, his son; the Lord of Inchi; Sir John de Waucourt; Sir Actis de Brimeu; Sir Jennet de Poix; Sir Gilbert de Lannoy; and many other great lords, knights, and esquires to the number above mentioned, all of whom I cannot name. And now I shall leave speaking of the day of Azincourt, and proceed further in my proposed subject.
Of the great grief that there was throughout the kingdom of France, especially at the king's court, for the loss at Azincourt; and how the King of the Romans came to France and crossed into England. Chapter XV.
As soon as the misfortune of the said field of Azincourt was known a number of horsemen set out, and made rapid way, each striving to bring the first tidings of it to King Charles of France, the Duke of Guienne his son, and the other great lords of the blood royal, then in the city of Rouen. With which piteous news all were greatly distressed and angry, not without cause, and so also were all the people of the realm, but for the present nothing further could be done in the matter.
Within a few days after receiving these tidings, the king repaired to Paris, at which place the King of the Romans, who then was called the King and Emperor Sigismund, came to see and comfort him; but of the entertainment and reception which was given
him I forbear to speak, in order to get sooner to the end of the work. The emperor then having been a while at the court of France, and having heard the complaints of the king and those of his blood, touching the great loss and destruction of the noble men of the kingdom of France, to his loss and damage, which had recently happened at the battle of Azincourt, won by King Henry of England and his force, condoled with them, and greatly pitied their misfortune. And he, as a noble and wise prince, desiring that there should be peace and union in Christendom, prepared to cross the sea, and went to the King of England with the intention of finding some effectual means of peace, after he had plainly informed him of the proposals which he had to make on the part of the King of France to this end. And he had distinguished company at his departure from Paris; for he was convoyed by the king himself and his son, the Duke of Guienne, about half a league out of the city; but the great princes went as far as St. Denis, where they took leave of him.
And about Christmas, in the year one thousand four hundred and sixteen, the said emperor went to Calais, where he was grandly received, for King Henry, being apprized of his coming, had commanded those of Calais to do thus. Then, when the ship was ready, on the second day he landed at Dover, and thence rode towards London. And when the king knew he was near, he went forth to him with a noble company of his brothers and other princes of his court, besides prelates and burgesses in great numbers. So there was great reverence, honour, and welcome shown to the said emperor by the king and princes on meeting him, as was* fitting; and they convoyed him to his lodging.
Soon afterwards, there came to London Duke William, Count of Hainault, Holland, and Zeeland, very grandly attended, to speak in like manner of peace between the two kings and kingdoms of A.D.1415 England and France; but they could not negotiate for several days, till they met with all their counsellors that had followed, nor could they then find any method of peace or concord. Notwithstanding this, Bang Henry very grandly entertained the emperor Sigismund, Duke William his cousin, and the other ambassadors who had come to England in their company, in hope of effecting great good. So he invited them all together to a very sumptuous and well furnished supper, at which the emperor was seated at the middle of the table, at his right hand the Duke of Orleans, and beyond him Duke William, the Duke of Bourbon, the Count of Eu, the Lord of Estouteville, and the Lord of Gaucourt; on the left hand of the emperor were seated the Duke of Berik,i a German, and three counts whom I cannot name. There was very richly served every dish that one could think of or wish for pampering the human body. And the King of England, who understood worldly honours as well as any prince living, came twice before the emperor's table, dressed in a splendid coat of cloth of gold, and round his neck a collar of fine gold set with precious stones; and he helped the emperor and invited him and the other princes to make good cheer. This supper lasted a long time, and when it was finished they all rose from the table and began conversation with one another, which lasted a good whUe; then they withdrew each to his lodging when he pleased.