Capitulum visesimum.*. [Sic.]
THIS yere was a grete noyse thurgh al Englond, how the duck of Burgoyne wolde come and besyege Calays: wherfor Page 564, vol.8 the Erle of Mortayn, with his armye that he hadde for to have goone with in to Fraunce, was countremaunded, and charged that he shold go to Calais, whiche was at that tyme wel vitailled and manned. For sire Iohan Ratclif was lyeutenant of the kynge in that toune, and the baron of Dudeley lyeutenaunt of the castel; and the nynthe daye of Iuill the duke of Burgoyne with al the power of Flaundres and moch other peple cam before Calais, and sette his syege aboute the toune; and every toune of Flaundres had their tentes by them self. And this syege endured thre wekes. In the mene while the duc of Gloucetre, beyng protectour of Englond, toke the moost parte of the lordes of Englond, and wente over the see to Calays for to rescowe the toun, or to fyghte with the duke and his hoost, yf they wolde have byden. This tyme London and every good toune of Englond sente ouer see to this rescowe certayne peple well arayd, of the best and chosen men for the warre. And the second day of August the sayd duke of Gloucetre areyved at Calays with alle his armye and fyve shippes and moo. And the duke and alle his hoost that laye in the syege, as sone as they espyed the sayllys in the see, before they approched Calays haven, sodaynly in a mornynge departed fro the syege, levyng behynde them moche stuffe & vytalle, and fledde in to Flaundres and Pycardye, and in lyke wyse dyde the syege that laye to fore Guynes. Where as they of Guynes toke the grete gonne of brasse whiche was called dygeon, and many other grete gonnes and serpentyns. And thenne whanne the duke of Gloucetre was arryved with all his hoost he wente in to Flaundres, and was therynne enleven dayes, and dyde but lytel harme, excepte he brente two fayr vyllages, Poperyng and Belle, and other howses, whiche were of no strengthe, and soo retourned home ageyne. Also this same yere the kyng of Scottys besyeged Rokesburgh with moche peple, but sir Rauf Gray departed fro the castel, and ordeyned for rescows; but as sone as the kynge vnderstode his departyng, he sodaynly brake his syege, and wente his weye, levenge moche orde|naunce behynde hym, where he gate no worship. This yere, the second daye of Ianyver, quene Katheryn, whiche was the kynges moder, and wyf to kynge Harry the fyfthe, deyde and departed oute of thys worlde, and there lyeth buryed wor|shipfully in oure Lady chapel. Also this same yere, the four|tenthe daye of Ianyver, fyl doune the gate with a toure on hit on London brydge, toward Southwerk, with twoo arches and all that stode theron. This yere was a grete trayttye holden bytwene Gravenyng and Calays, bytwene the kyng and ducke of Burgoyne; where for the kyng was the Cardynall of Englond, the duck of Norfolke, & many other lordes; and for the ducke was the Duchesse, havyng full power of her lord as regent and ladye of his londes; where was taken by thadvys Page 565, vol.8 of bothe partyes an abstynence of warre for a certeyne tyme in the name of the Duchesse, and not of the duke, by cause he hadde goon from his oth and lygeaunce that he had made to kyng Harry; therfor the kynge never wolde wryte ne appoynte ne have to do with hym after, but all in the duchesse name. Also this yere quene Iane deyde, the second daye of Iuyll, whiche had ben kynge Harry the fourthys wyf, and was caryed fro Bermondesey vnto Caunterbury, where she lyeth buryed by kynge Harry the fourth her husbond. This yere deyde alle the lyons in the Toure of London, the whiche hadde not be seen in many yeres byfore oute of mynde.