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the people. For the large giftes and liberalitee that he first vsed, to bye the fauoures and frendshippis of many, had now brought hym in nede. But nothing was more like then that Thomas Stanley should haue been reputed and taken for one of those enemies, because of the workyng of Margaret 5 his wife, whiche was mother vnto Henry erle of Richemonde, the whiche was noted for the chief hed and woorker of this conspiracy. But forasmuche as it was thought that it was to small purpose that women could dooe, Thomas beeyng nothyng fauty was deliuered and commaunded that he 10 should not suffre Margaret his wife to haue any seruauntes about her, neither that she should not go abrod, but bee shutte vp and that from thence furth she should sende no message neither to her sonne nor to any of her other frendes, whereby any hurte might bee wrought against the 15 kyng, the whiche commaundement was accomplished. And by the autoritie of the same parliamente a peace was concluded with the Scottes, whiche a litle before had skirmished with the borderers. Whiche thyng brought to passe, the kyng supposed all conspiracy to bee clene auoyded, foras- 20 muche as the duke with other of his compaignie wer put to death, and also certaigne other bannished. Yet for all this, kyng Richard was dailye vexed and troubled, partely mistrustyng his owne strength, and partely fearyng the commyng of Henry with his compaigny, so that he liued but in a 25 miserable case. And because that he would not so continewe any longer, he determined with hym self to putte awaie the cause of this his feare and businesse, either by policie or els by strengthe. And after that he had thus purposed with hym self, he thought nothyng better then too 33 tempte the duke of Britain yet once again either with money, prayer or some other speciall rewarde, because that he had in kepyng therle Henry, and moste chiefly, because


he knewe that it was onely he that might deliuer hym from all his trouble by deliueryng or imprisonyng the saied Henry. Wherefore incontinently he sente vnto the duke

certain ambassadoures the whiche should promise vnto hym, 5 beside other greate rewardes that thei broughte with theim,

to geue hym yerely all the reuenewes of all the landes of Henry and of all the other lordes there beyng with hym, if he would after the receite of the ambassadoures put theim

in prisone. The ambassadoures, beeyng departed and come 1o where the duke laie, could not haue communicacion with

hym, for as muche as by extreme sicknesse his wittes were feble and weake. Wherfore one Peter Landose his treasurer a manne bothe of pregnaunt wit and of greate autoritee,

tooke this matter in hande. For whiche cause he was 15 afterwarde hated of all the lordes of Britain. With this

Peter the Englishe ambassadoures had communicacion, and declaryng to hym the kyng his message desiered hym instantly, forasmuche as thei knewe that he might bryng

their purpose to passe, that he would graunt vnto kyng 20 Richard his request, and he should haue the yerly reuenues

of all the landes of the saied lordes. Peter, consideryng that he was greately hated of the lordes of his owne nacion, thought that if he mighte bryng to passe through kyng

Richard to haue all these greate possessions and yerly 25 reuenewes, he should then bee hable too matche with theim

well inough and not to care a rushe for theim, where vpon he answered the ambassadours that he would dooe that kyng Richard did desire, if he brake not promise with hym. And

this did he not for any hatred that he bare vnto Henry, for 30 he hated hym not, for not long before he saued his life where

the erle Henry was in greate jeoperdy. But suche was the good fortune of Englande, that this craftie compacte took no place, for while the letters and messengers ranne betwene Peter and kyng Richard, Jhon bishoppe of Ely beeyng then in Flaundres was certified by a prieste, whiche came out of Englande whose name was Christopher Urswicke, of all the whole circumstaunce of this deuise and purpose. Where vpon with all spede the saied bishop caused the saied priest 5 the same daie to cary knowledge thereof into Britain to Henry erle of Richemond, willyng hym with all the other noble menne to dispatche theim selfes with all possible haste into Fraunce. Henry was then in Venetie, when he heard of this fraude without tariaunce sent Christopher vnto 10 Charles the Frenche kyng desiryng licence that Henry with the other noble menne might safely come into Fraunce, the whiche thyng beeyng sone obteigned, the messenger returned with spede to his lorde and prince.

Then therle Henry settyng all his businesse in as good 15 staie and ordre as he mighte, talked litle and made fewe a counsaill herof, and for the more expedicion, he caused the Erle of Penbroucke secretely to cause all the noble menne to take their horses, dissemblyng to ride vnto the duke of Brytain : but when thei came to the vttermoste partes there 20 of, thei should forsake the waie that led them towarde the duke, and to make into Fraunce with al that euer thei might. Then thei, doyng in euery thyng as thei wer bidden, lost no tyme but so sped theim that shortely thei obteigned and gatte into the countie of Angeow. Henry then within 25 twoo daies folowyng, beyng then still at Venety tooke foure or fiue of his seruauntes with hym and feigned as though he would haue ridden thereby to visite a frende of his; and forasmuche as there wer many English menne lefte there in the towne, no manne suspected any thyng, but after that he 30 had kepte the right waie for the space of fiue miles, he forsoke that and turned streight into a wood that was thereby, and toke vpon hym his seruauntes apparell, and

put his apparell vpon his seruaunt and so tooke but one of theim with hym, on whom he waited as thoughe he had been the seruaunte and the other the maister. And with all con

uenient and spedy haste so set furthe on their journey that 5

no tyme was lost, and made no more tariaunce by the waie, then onely the baityng of their horses, so that shortely he recouered the coastes of Angeow, where all his other compaignie was.

But within foure daies after that the erle was thus escaped 19 Peter receiued from kyng Richarde the confirmacion of the

graunte and promises made for the betraiyng of Henry and the other nobles. Wherefore the saied Peter sent out after hym horses and menne with suche expedicion and spede to

haue taken hym, that scacely the erle was entered Fraunce 15 one houre but thei wer at his heles. The English menne

then beyng aboue the numbre of three hundred at Veneti, hearyng that the erle and all the nobles wer fled so sodainly and without any of their knowledge, were astonied and in maner despaired of their liues.

But it happened contrary to their expectacion for the duke of Britain, takyng the matter so vnkyndely that Henry should bee so vsed with hym that for feare he should bee compelled to flee his land, was not a litle vexed with Peter,

too whom (although that he was ignoraunte of the fraude 25

and crafte that had been wrought by hym) yet he laied the whole faute in hym, and therefore called vnto hym Edward Poynynges and Edward Wooduille, deliueryng vnto theim the foresaied money that Henry before had desired the duke

to lende hym towarde the charge of his journey, and com3o maunded theim to conueigh and conducte all the Englishe

men his seruauntes vnto hym paiyng their expenses, and to deliuer the saied some of money vnto the erle. When the erle sawe his menne come and heard the comfortable newes,




he not a litle rejoysed, desiryng the messengers that returned to shewe vnto the duke, that he trusted ere long tyme to shewe hymself not to bee vnthankfull for this great kindnesse that he now shewed vnto him. And within fewe daies after, the erle wente vnto Charles the Frenche kyng, too whom

5 after he had rendred thankes for the great benefites and kindnesse that he had eceiued of hym, the cause of his commyng firste declared, then he besought hym of his helpe and aide, whiche should bee an immortall benefite to hym and his lordes, of whom generally he was called vnto the kyngdome, forasmuche as thei so abhorred the tiranny of kyng Richard. Charles promised hym helpe and bade hym to bee of good chere and to take no care, for he would gladly declare vnto him his beneuolence. And the same tyme Charles remoued and took with hym Henry and all

15 the other noble menne.

While Henry remained there, Jhon erle of Oxenforde (of whom is before spoken) whiche was put in prisone by kyng Edward the fourthe in the castle of Hammes with also James Blount capitain of that castle, and Jhon Forskewe 20 knighte, porter of the towne of Caleis, came vnto hym. But James the capitain, because he lefte his wife in the castle, did furnishe the same with a good garison of menne before his departure.

Henry, when he sawe therle, was out of measure glad 25 that so noble a manne and of greate experience in battaill, and so valiaunt and hardy a knighte, whom he thought to bee moste faithfull and sure, for somuche as he had, in the tyme of kyng Edward the fourthe, continuall battaill with him in defendyng of king Henry the sixt, thought that now

30 he was so well appoincted that he could not desire to bee better, and therefore communicated vnto hym all his whole affaires, to bee ordred and ruled only by hym. Not long

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