Huon Margot (Hugues Maigrot or Maigret)

Huon Margot, a tonsured monk of Fecamp; and as he was a learned man, wellknown, and much valued, the duke despatched him to Harold. And Margot set out on his way, and finding Harold at London, spoke to him thus

"Harold! hearken to me! I am a messenger, hear ye from whom! The duke tells thee, by my mouth, that thou hast too soon forgotten the oath, which thou didst but lately take to him in Normandy, and that thou hast forsworn thyself. Repair the wrong, and restore him the crown and lordship, which are not thine by ancestry; for thou art neither king by heritage, nor through any man of thy lineage. King Edward of his free will and power, gave his land and realm to his best kinsman William. He gave this gift as he had a right to do, to the best man he had. He gave it in full health before his death, and if he did wrong, thou didst not forbid it; nay, thou didst assent, and warrant and swear to maintain it. Deliver him his land; do justice, lest greater damage befall thee. No such hosts can assemble as thou and he must combat With, without great cost and heavy loss; and thus there will be mischief to both sides. Restore the kingdom that thou hast seized ! woe betide thee if thou shalt endeavour to hold it!"

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