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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Heroines of the Crusades
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CHAPTER II. "But doth the exile's heart serenely dwell in sunshine there! " A SUCCESSION of brilliant pageants, and knightly enter-tainments awaited the Conqueror, his nobles and hostages, in their pompous progress through all the towns and cities of Normandy, from Feschamp to Bayeux. Robert already wearing the spurs of knighthood, girt with silver baldric, and bearing high the lance with its pointed banderol, led the van ; gallantly conducting the young Earls Morcar and Edwin, and the royal Atheling : while the aspiring Prince William, attaching himself to a band of his father's best trained bowmen, practised on bright winged birds, those feats of archery in which he subsequently became so cruelly skilful. Adela obtained a place near the gentle Maude, and strove by every childish art to charm back the smiles that tran-siently enlivened the sad countenance of the Saxon maiden. Not less assiduously, and not more successfully did the Duke King, and his haughty consort, employ the fascina-tions of easy grace, and polished wit, to beguile the gloomy musings of the captive Waltheof. So passed they on, the sad hearts with the gay. So sat they in the halls of mirth, the one keeping strict lenten fast, the other revelling in tri-umphal feasts ; one sole thought embittering the fast, and sweetening the feast—and that thought England. In a chamber in the palace of Bayeux were assembled the household of the Conqueror, busy in their daily occupations. Groups of girls, with nimble fingers, wrought silently under the eye of Matilda, the sad epic of England's fall. " Leave thy tangled skeins to these fair maids, and the skilful Turold, and come thou apart with me," said William, abruptly entering and drawing his Queen aside, within the deep embrasure of the window, " 'tis of thy glory and mine that I would speak." 22 HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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