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Title: Cronycles of the londe of Englo[n]d
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tho & beseged Rouchestre the castell & toke it wyth strength̄ ād the thursaid in whitson weke let honge all ye aliens that were ther in: & the tursday tho next sweng / he came to londō. & there he was vndyrfonge wyt mochel honour of the lordes that abyden hȳ ther / and alle to him made homage. & aftyrward in the tewysday next after the trinite sonday / he toke ye castell of Reigate. ād in the mor∣we aftyr the castell of Gilford. ād the friday next aftyr the castell of Farneham. ād the monday next aftyr the cite of wynchestre to hȳ was yolde / and in the morwe af∣tyr seint Iohānes day the maner of wolnesy· and the tewisday af∣tyr the wtas of seint petre & seint paule thei toke the castell of Odi∣ham: and the monday next aftir seīt Margarete day he ordeyned him toward beaumer for to bese∣ge the castell / and there he dwel∣led xv / dayes. & myght not gete ye castell. & than went he thens / and came to londō. and the tour to hī was yoldeHow in the same time the pope sēt into Englōd a legat that was called Swalo: and of king Iohā∣nes deth Capit. Clv.ANd in the same tyme the pe sent into Englōd a legat yt was kalled Swa∣lo. and he was prest cardynall of rome for to maynten̄ kȳg Iohā∣nes cause ayens ye barōs of En∣glond / but the barōs hath so hu∣ge part & helpe thurgh Lowys ye kinges sone of Fraūce / that kȳg Iohan wist nat whydder for to turne or gone And so it fell that he wolde haue gon̄ to Nycholl & as he went thidderward: he cam̄ by the abbey of swyneshede▪ and there he abode twoo dayes. And as he sat at ye mete he axed a mōk of the howse how moche a lofe was worth that was sete before hym vpon the table: & the mōke said that the lofe was worth but an halpeny. O sayd tho the king here is grete chepe of brede. nowe quod the kyng And I may lyue suc a lofe shalbe worthy &c. shil∣lyng or halfe a yere be gon̄ And whan he said this word moch̄ he thought and ofte he syghed and toke & ete the brede & said. by god the worde that I haue spoken it shall bene soth: The monke that stode before ye kyng was for thys worde full sory in hert. & thought rather he wolde hȳ selfe suffre pi∣touse deth & rather ordeyne ther∣fore some maner remedie & ano∣ne the monke went to his abbot & was shryuē of hym & tolde the abbot all that the kȳg hath sayd & prayed his abbot for to assoille hȳ. for he wolde yeue the kīg such̄ a vassaille that all Englōd shold be glad therof & ioyeful Tho wēt
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