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A.D. 1422. mentioned above should be collected, for coining the new money in the same way as it had been collected elsewhere. So there arose many murmerings, but finally through fear and dread of King Henry the Parisians did not dare to show any appearance of ill-will, disobedience, or rebellion.
How the towns of Gamaches and Compiegne with several other towns, castles, and fortresses, were given up to the Kings of France and England. Chapter XXVI.
On the ensuing twelfth day of June the two Kings of France and England and the queens their wives left Paris, and went all together to the town of Senlis, where they sojourned a while. And the day was approaching when the town of Gamaches and others which had been treated about, as I have told above, ought to be surrendered according to the compromise between the parties; wherefore tho king sent the Earl of Warwick, with four thousand fighting men in his company, in order to receive these. The earl, according to the promise made, entered the said town of Gamaches on the 17th day of June; so he restored the hostages whom he had brought with him safe and sound. Then he received the oaths of the people of the town in the name of the two kings and appointed as captain one called Sir Felton, a native of the kingdom of England, with a certain number of men-at-arms and bowmen. These matters being finished, after all the towns and fortresses surrendered to the said kings had been well provided the said earl proceeded to Saint Wallery, which was held by the dauphinists, and when he drew near he sent his couriers to the town, against whom there A.D. 1422. came out about a hundred of the most expert of the men within, mounted on the best of steeds, brisk and nimble; these rushed at full speed among the English, so there took place some very fine passages of arms between the two parties; men and horses were borne to earth, some of them wounded, and some of the English party were taken back prisoners. While these things were doing the Earl of Warwick hastened with his whole force to succour his men, wherefore it became necessary to re-enter the town very quickly. Then the earl in his armour rode very prudently round the town to close up his army and put his people in good order. Part of them lodged within the abbey, and the rest the best way they could in tents and pavilions. Then when all were lodged and had lain down, the earl arranged and set up his engines; so he began to batter the town, projecting missiles incessantly against the towers, gates, and walls, breaking them down in several places. But be sure that those in the town made many a rush and sally against their enemies, and then very honourably retired within the town with little loss; for those inside were the flower of men-at-arms. And for as much as on the side of the sea there was no blockade for want of shipping, which the English had not, the dauphinists went forth of, and entered into, the town at their pleasure, and by their shipping sent to seek provisions in abundance, and all things needful ibr them, both to Le Crotoy and elsewhere, as seemed good to them. This greatly vexed the Earl of Warwick and all those in the siege, wherefore the said earl sent to several places and ports of Normandy to obtain ships, which in a few days came in great number and power before the said town, which they besieged on the side of the sea. Then the besieged, seeing that they had lost egress from all parts of their
A.D. 1422. town were greatly distressed wherefore at the end of three weeks they made a treaty with the said Earl of Warwick, on condition that they should leave the said town safe in person and property, on the fourth day of the month of September following, in case the Duke of Touraine, the Dauphin, should not he there with power enough to raise the siege and deliver them from the hands of the English; also that during this time the said besieged should abstain from foraging in the surrounding country; for keeping which things they gave good hostages to the said earl for greater security. Then he raised his siege, and went to the King of England, who made him very welcome.
On the other hand the said king had sent the Duke of Bedford, his brother, and other princes, well attended, to the town of Compiegne to receive it in his name from the hand of the Lord of Gamaches, as he had promised to give it up on the eighteenth day of the month aforesaid. Then there departed about 1,200 horse having good safe conduct from the King of England and good guides, till they had passed beyond the River Seine, and they went to the Dauphin, after the said Lord of Gamaches had similarly given up according to his promise to the delegates of the two kings all the fortresses that his people held in the surrounding country. Thus were restored to the authority and government of the two kings of France and England all the strongholds that the dauphinists held from Paris to Boulogne-sur-la-mer.
When the Duke of Bedford, brother of King Henry, had received the oaths of the burgesses and inhabitants of the good town of Compiegne, and had appointed Sir Hugh de Lannoy to be captain, he returned to the king his brother at Scnlis. During the same time ambassadors were sent on behalf of the two kings to Sir Jacques de Harcourt at Le Crotoy, that is to say, his brother the Bishop of Amiens, and with him the A.D. 1422 Bishop of Beauvais, the good knight Sir Hugh de Lannoy, master of the cross-bowmen, and a herald, to summon him to place the town and castle of Crotoy under the authority of the said kings; but finally whatever arguments or diligence these ambassadors were able to employ, they could not induce the said Sir Jacques de Harcourt to any good treaty, wherefore they returned to the King of England.
How King Henry returned hastily to Paris. Of the capture of Saint Dizier in Perthois, and other matters. Chapter XXVIT.
In those times the King of England went from Senlis to Compiegne to see the town, to which place tidings were brought how there had been an attempt to seduce and seize the town of Paris, by letters carried into the said town by the wife of King Charles's armourer who on a certain day, very early in the morning, was observed by a priest, who had gone into one of his gardens outside the town, and who saw her speaking secretly to some aimed men in a valley below the said garden. Being greatly terrified at this thing, he returned hastily into the town, and told the keepers of the gate to look to their business, for he had seen armed men in the valley beside the gardens, and a solitary woman speaking to them. When those of the watch heard the priest speak thus they sent to spy out the said woman, who, on her return to the town was arrested and put in prison, where she immediately confessed all she had done. On account of this
A.D. 1422. information the King of England, accompanied by hip whole army, returned hastily to Paris, where he ordered the woman to be drowned for her misdeeds, and with her some of her accomplices, then he returned to Senlis, where the King of France was.
At this time Sir John and Sir Anthony de Vergy took the town of Saint Dizier, in Perthois; but the dauphinists who were in it withdrew to the castle, where they were immediately besieged, and meanwhile La Hire and some other dauphinist captains assembled in large numbers to go to the help of those in the said castle of Saint Dizier. The aforesaid lords were warned of this gathering, and to resist it they collected as many as they could obtain and went to meet their adversaries, whom they attacked vigorously and discomfited, and of whom about forty were killed, the rest saving themselves by flight. After this affair they returned to the said place of St. Dizier, so the castle was surrendered to them shortly afterwards, and they furnished it with their own people and with provisions.
How the Duke of Touraine, the Dauphin, with a great body of men-at-arms went to lay siege to the town of Cosne, and of what came of it.
Now it is right to speak of the Duke of Touraine, the Dauphin, who at this time gathered from various parts about 20,000 fighting men, with whom he repaired to Sancerre, where he remained personally a pretty long while. During which time there was