was intent on securing the full amount that she had asked the count of Foix
to give her, but the count
was very shrewd and perspicacious where his interests were concerned. Suspecting, perhaps, that it was all to do with the count of Armagnac
's ransom, he stood firm and said,
"My lady, for a lowly knight such as I, occupied with the building of towns and castles, the gift I am offering should do well enough."
When the princess
realised she would gain nothing more she said,
"Count of Foix
, I request and entreat you to let the count of Armagnac
off the hook."
"My lady," replied the count
. "I must submit to your entreaty. I told you that if the boon you asked of came to no more than fifty thousand francs then I would grant it. The count of Armagnac
owes me two hundred and fifty thousand, and at your entreaty I give you the fifty thousand."
That was the end of the matter. The count of Armagnac
gained fifty thousand francs at the request of the princess of Aquitaine
. After spending three days with the prince and princess of Aquitaine
, the count of Foix
returned to his own country.
SHF 3-6 sync
Third Book, Chapter 6 [1369-1388-(1383)]
How the garrison of Lourdes assailed the land of Bigorre, and the capture of Artigat.
I, master Jehan Froissart
, make mention of these affairs for the reason that, when I was in the county of Foix
, I passed through Bigorre
. There I enquired about everything that had happened of which I had not been informed. I discovered that while the prince of Wales and Aquitaine
was residing at Tarbes
the mood took him to visit the castle at Lourdes
, three leagues away amid the mountains.
When he had arrived at Lourdes
and had examined and explored the town, the castle and the country round about, he was full of as much praise for the strength of the place as for its position on the border with several countries, for Lourdes men
could easily invade the kingdom of Aragon
as far as Catalonia
. The prince
immediately called a knight of his household to him in whom he had great confidence and who had served him loyally. This knight was called Sir Pierre-Arnaut de Béarn
, an expert man-at-arms and cousin of the count of Foix
," said the prince
. "Upon my arrival in this country, I appoint you castellan and captain of Lourdes
and governor of the land of Bigorre
. Protect this castle well so that you may give a good account of it to my lord and father and to me."
"Certainly my lord," said the knight
. There he pledged his faith and homage, and the prince
gave it into his possession.
Now, you are aware that when the war was renewed between the king of France
and the king of England
, as it can be found earlier in this history, count Guy de Saint-Pol
and Sir Hugues de Châtillon
, master of the crossbows at that time, captured the town of Abbeville
and the whole country of Ponthieu
. Two great barons of Bigorre
, who are or were named Sir Monaut de Barbazan
and the lord of Antin
went over to the French
and seized the city, town and castle of Tarbes
, for they were weakly defended on behalf of the king of England
The castle of Lourdes
remained under the command of Sir Pierre-Arnaut de Béarn
, who would not have surrendered it under any circumstances; instead he fought back hard against the kingdom of France
, and sent for daring companions from Béarn
and Upper Gascony
to assist in the war, and many able men at arms came to him. pb 205 v