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verned by a person of inferior rank, grows ing disobedient to his commands, they feparated themselves from him. Thus weakened, Sir Robert was unable to penetrate into Guienne as he intended, but was obliged to take shelter in Britany, where those who had continued under his conduct arrived safe, 'whilst those who had withdrawn themselves from his protection became a prey to their enemies.
The following fümmer' the Dukes of Anjou and Berry attacked the principality of Acquitain in two places at once, each with a formidable army, intending to meet and besiege the Prince of Wales in his refidence, the city of Angoulesme. The Prince hearing of their intentions summoned all his forces, and, ill as he was, publicly declared that his enemies should never find him immured in any fortress, but that he would meet them in the field and fight them fairly, however formidable their forces : in consequence of this resolution he took leave of his Lady the Princess, who now parted from him with greater reluctance than ever, having none of those pleafing hopes to console her, which had been her support when he departed from her on his expedition to Spain : then he went from her in health and vigour, with assurances of success, and with the greatest probability of acquiring additional renown; but now she could call none of these cheerful expectations to her aid : his weak frame deprived him of that fire which used to animate his troops and ensure them victory, consequently dejection, unallayed by hope, preyed on her susceptible heart, and caused her unceasingly to mourn the absence of her Lord.
The Prince having set up his standard at Cogniac, those who retained their loyalty resorted to it; and receiving at the same time a reinforcement from his royal Father under the command of the Duke of Lancaster, he was once more enabled to take
the field, with a prospect of repelling the invaders of his dominions. In the interim, the Duke of Anjou penetrated without controul to La Linde, situated on the river Dordonne, about a league from Bergerac. The town was commanded by Sir Thomas Battefoile, a Knight of Gascoigné, with a strong garrison, and every thing necessary for its defence. The Duke laid siege to it, and to intimidate the inhabitants declared, he would not leave the place till he had them all at his devotion ; but at the same time he offered to receive them under his protection, if they would submit themselves without force to his mercy. The people of the town wished to follow the example of their neighbours, and to return to their former Sovereigns the French; they therefore admitted emiffaries from the Duke, who prevailed on the Governor by a confiderable fum then paid him, and the promise of an annual pension, to deliver up the town.
This agreement had not been kept so secret, but that some of the Knights who retained
their loyalty to the Prince of Wales gained intelligence of it, and informed the Earl of Cambridge, then at Bergerac, of the intended treachery, the night before it was to be carried into exécution.
Enraged at the disloyalty of the Governor," the Earl, the Lord Thomas Felton, and Sir John Greilly, Captal de Busche, swore they would be present at the delivery of the town: accordingly before it was light they set out from Bergerac, and by break of day reached La Linde. On’a signal given, a gate was opened to them by the loyal part of the troops in the town, through which they marched with their forces, and arrived at the opposite gate as the French were about to take possession of it. Sir Thomas Battefoile stood amazed at this fudden appearance of the Knights, and wondered how they could have received intelligence of his design; but Sir John Greilly gave him not time to indulge his conjectures 'long, for alighting from his
horse he came up to him, and with one blow of his sword struck him breathless to the ground. The party of the French who were to have taken possession of the town, finding their plot discovered, hastily withdrew from the gate and fled to their army. The English Lords judged it more prudent to secure the town than to pursue them; which being done, they were inclined to put all the inhabitants to the sword for their treacherous conduct, but on their alledging that they were over-awed, and compelled by the Governor to act as they had done, they were pardoned. The Lord Felton and the Captal de Busche staid in the town till the Duke of Anjou, hearing of the Prince of Wales's approach, thought it prudent to retire.
· A council was now called by the French General, at which Sir Bertrand du Guesclin, afterwards styled the Restorer of France, was present, to deliberate whether they should give battle to the Prince : some