The Chronicle of London

Rex Edwardius Tertius


John Wroth, m'.
John Deynes. Walt' Berneye

This same yere, that is for to seye the yere of oure lord a mccclx, the xiiij day of April thanne beying the morwe after Estre day, kyng Edward with hys oost lay aboughte Parys; whiche day was a foul derk day of myst and hayl, and so bitter cold that many men deyde for cold: wherefore unto this day manye men callen it the blake Moneday. This same yere were rovers on the see, undyr the governayle of the erle of Seynt Poule; which the xv day of March distroied the townes of Rye and Hastinge and othre be the see syde, and sclewen manye men. Also in this yere the pees was made betwen the kyng Edward and kyng John of Fraunce, the xv day of May: and kyng Edward sente hise ambassatours into Fraunce, and toke the othe of Charles regent of Fraunce, which othe was plight undir this forme: Charles dede lete solempnely a masse to be songen; and whanne Agnus Dei was thries seyd, Charles leyde his right hand upon the patene, whereupon lay Godes body, and his lefte hond pressyng don upon the masse bok, seyenge, We swern upon the holy precious Goddes body, and upon the Evaungelies, fermely to holden anentes us pees and concord fourmed betwen the too kyngs of Fraunce and of Engelond, and in no manere to do the contrerie. Also in this yere mennes, bestes, trees, and housynge were all to smyte with the violent lyghtnynge, and sodeynly peresshyd; and the devell in mannes lyknes spak to man goyge be the weye.

This same year, that is for to say the year of our lord 1360, the 14th day of April then being the morrow after Easter day, king Edward with his host lay about Paris; which day was a foul dark day of mist and hail, and so bitter cold that many men died for cold: wherefore unto this day men call it black Monday. This same year were rovers on the sea, under the governance of the earl of Saint Pol; which the 15th day of march destroyed the towns of Rye and Hastings and others by the sea side, and slew many men. Also in this year the peace was made between the king Edward and king John of France, the 15th day of May: and king Edward sent his ambassadors into France, and took the oath of Charles regent of France, which oath was plighted under this form: Charles did let solemnly a mass to be sung' and when Agnus Dei was thrice said, Charles layed his right hand upon the paten, whereupon lay God's body, and his left hand pressing down on the mass book, saying, We swear upon the holy precious God's body, and upon the Evangalists, firmly to hold [something] us peace and concord formed between the two kings of France and England, and in no manner to do the contrary. Also in this year men, beasts, trees and houses were all smote with the violent lightning, and suddenly perished; and the devil in mans likeness spoke to man going by the way.

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