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“ you in being detained, when most of “ your countrymen are ransomed?”.6. Oh,
“ Sir," replied Sir Bertrand, “ I have this .“ comfort ; it is reported both in France " and Spain, that your Highness stands so “ much in fear of me that you dare not “ let me go, which must needs redound to - 56 the honour of so mean a Knight as I “ am.” The Prince knew well to what end these subtile expressions tended; he also remembered that his whole Council had been unanimous in advising him to reject every offer of ransom for fo formidable an enemy, till Don Pedro had paid the money so long promised, fearing he might again embroil the affairs of Spain, and put that King out of a capacity of paying: he was however of too great a spirit to bear this insinuation, though prudence urged the necessity of his being detained. To convince him therefore that he was superior to his bravado, and to let him fee that his restoration to liberty depended on himself, he told him he would immediately consent to his ransom if he chose it; at the same time to combat him with his own weapons, he resolved to ask such a sum as he could not easily raise : he consequently made him this reply; “ Then, Sir, it seems you “ imagine we detain you here through dread “ of your prowess and chivalry ; but think “ not fo, Sir Knight, for I swear by St. 6 George, on payment of one hundred " thousand franks you shall immediately “ be free.” “ Agreed, Sir,” returned the General, 6 and I thank you for the honour “ of rating me so high.” The Prince would not recede from what he had said, though his Council would have persuaded him to break his promise; and Sir Bertrand, by the assistance of the French King, the Duke of Anjou, and Don Henry, having raised in less than a month the sum agreed, which amounted to ten thousand pounds sterling, was released from his imprisonment.
tered troops and removed into the king, dom of Arragon, where he renewed his alliance with that King, who promised to aid him in the recovery of the throne he had been driven from. The unparalleled cruelties exercised by Don Pedro over his helpless subjects, whom he now regarded as vanquished rebels, revived all the animosity of the Castilians against him. Don Henry took advantage of this renewed diffatisfaction, and assisted by the King of Arragon, and Sir Bertrand du Guesclin, who immediately on his release had raised a confiderable body of French and marched to his aid, he fought out his opponent. A battle ensued, in which Don Pedro was defeated; and retiring with difficulty from the field, threw himself with a few troops into the castle of Montrel, whither his victorious Brother followed him and laid fiege to the castle,
Don Pedro finding, that from a scarcity of provisions he thould not be able to hold out
long, resolved to attempt an escape : accordingly about the hour of midnight, accompanied only by twelve persons, he issued out in great silence, and was favoured by the darkness of the night. He however had not proceeded far before Sir Bertrand du Guesclin, who had foreseen this attempt, and was therefore the more watchful, alarmed the guard on hearing the trampling of horses; rushing immediately into the road from whence the sound proceeded, he laid hold of the bridle of the first horse he met, which happened to be Don Pedro's, telling him that he was a dead man if he offered to move on. The Spanish King then discovering himself, endeavoured to corrupt the fidelity of the French Knight, by a promise of two hundred thousand crowns of gold if he would permit him to escape; but Sir Bertrand, faithful to the cause he had espoused, secured the King with all his train, and carried them to his tent.
He had not been long there before Don Henry, attended by the Duke of Rochebreton and some other Noblemen, came in : as Don Henry entered he cried aloud, 66 Where is that Son of a Whore the Tew, “ who calls himself King of Castile?" Don Pedro could not contain himself at this infult, but boldly replied, “ 'Tis thou that 66 art the Son of a Whore, and I the legi5 timate Son of King Alphonso :” at the fame time seizing Don Henry, he threw him upon a bench, and with his dagger would certainly have slain him, had not Lord Rochebreton laid hold of Don Pedro's leg and turned him on his back, thus expressing himself, “ I neither make King, “ nor marr King." Don Henry recovering himself by this timely assistance, drew out a long knife and plunged it into his Brother's heart, so that he instantly died. Thus fell Don Pedro, and King Henry in consequence became fully established on the throne of Castile. The descendents of the foriner however, after some time, re-afçended