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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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us the way, and provided for our sustenance, both in the castles of princes, and in the cottages of peasants. " The monasteries, of which many have been founded by pious men throughout all Germany, furnished resting-places for the weary, and hospitals for the sick. .When we enter-ed upon the kingdom of Hungary, which is ' a well-watered and fruitful country,' Ave found a strange people, whose nobles and warriors indeed live in walled towns, and castles strongly fortified among the rocks ; but the common people, for the most part, dwell in tents like Abraham of old, and feed their flocks and herds ifpon the banks of the streams. These be the people, which the holy fathers thought were the Gog and Magog of sacred writ, and truly they came like a storm into Europe, and like a cloud they covered the land—both they and their bands. And because the time of their coming was near the end of the thousand years pro-phesied by St. John, many wise men did say, that they were the signs and forerunners of the end of the world. Howbeit since the end is not yet, there be not many at the present which hold this doctrine." "Are there not some who say, that Gog and Magog are the heresies which vex the church ?" inquired Robert. " Even so," said Ingulfus ; "but such are not led by the true and manifest words of Scripture, but following ' cun-ningly devised fables' have explained away even the promises of God. Now that these are the people is proved, » in that they came from Persia and from the north quarters, and the name in which they most delight is Magyar, which plainly agrcethto Magog, and whosoever shall dwell in the latter days, will see ' wars and rumors of wars' in Hungary, according to my judgment. I have learned many things concerning them ; for either for my sins, or the badness of the roads, the beast on which I rode fell lame, and therefore was I forced to leave the horsemen, and follow on foot, sup-porting the weariness of the way with pilgrim's staff. Among us were those, who from fear and love of adventnre, and not from devotion, had undertaken the pilgrimage. Their vain talk and godless manners troubled me sore. ADELA. 49

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