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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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have passed the whole compass of the earth, and come again to the same point whence they set ont. And these be not half the things that he told me, and there is none of them all but have some reason and understanding in them, and some good points of our belief. But though this man was both learned and devout, it grieved me to see in him the remains of his ancient superstition, for he was accustomed to wor-ship before a hideous idol. And when he knew I was grieved concerning the thing, he said he worshipped not the image, but the virtue which was in it, even as we have images of our Lady and of the saints, which we set before us, to keep their holiness in mind. Howbeit the man showed me no little kindness ; and when 1 was sufficiently re-covered, he furnished me with a strong, well-appointed horse, replenished my purse, and accompanied me to the next town on my journey. " I had hard riding to overtake my companions, which I should have failed in doing, had they not rested in Con-stantinople. " This city was first called Byzantium, which name is still preserved in the imperial money called byzants. It was by divine suggestion that its appellation was changed. For when Constantine the Great was pursuing his victorious course to the east, he lodged in that place ; and in his dream he saw, and behold there stood before him an old woman, whose brow was furrowed with age ; but presently clad in an imperial robe, she was transformed into a beau-tiful girl, and fascinated his eyes by the elegance of her youthful charms—and he waked and slept again ; and there came one unto him and said, ' The woman thou sawest is this city worn down by age, whose walls thou shalt re-store, and whose beauty shall signalize thy name to the end of time. Mount thy horse and give him the rein, to go whithersoever he will. Take the royal spear in thy hand, and its point shall describe the circuit of the wall upon the ground.' "The Emperor eagerly obeyed the vision, and employed ADELA. 55

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