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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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me, seized and confined me in one of his fortresses. When Normandy was invaded, he released me from my imprison-ment, and I did him good service in compelling William to raise the siege of Rouen. In the treaty to which thou didst persuade Robert, I was the principal sufl'erer, and therefore"—added he with warmth, " did I deem that the guileful duke, had stolen into the sanctuary of my sister's affections, and robbed me of thy love, my choicest treasure." "My much-injured brother," said the countess, affection-ately, "I knew not that thy interest was involved, else I had given far different counsel. But proceed with the story of thy wrongs." " My traitor brothers united like Pilate and Herod of old," proceeded Henry, with increasing asperity, " seized my castles in Cotentén, and dogged my steps like sleuth-hounds on the track, till I took refuge in Mt. St. Michael, \ where the friendly tides kept them at bay ; and there I had perished with thirst, had not Robert's tardy compassion ministered to my necessity, and finally effected my release. Since then, I have wandered a fugitive and an outcast, craving scant hospitality of my brother's vassals, and solac-ing my weary hours with clerkly studies." " Courage, my good brother," said Adelä, with enthusi-asm. "Thou shalt wander no more. Count Stephen will put thee in the way to mend thy fortunes ; and, perchance, thou wilt one day inherit the proud fiefs of both thy brothers. See ! yonder gleams the spires of Blois. But what knightly train proceeds up the broad avenue of the castle. Listen ! The warder sounds his bugle blast, and the drawbridge is lowered. Put thy horse to his met-tle ; these laggards may follow at their leisure." So say-ing the countess and her brother dashed forward, and en-tered the court-yard just as the retinue of the Duke of Nor-mandy wound up the staircase, leading to the great hall. At sight of Robert, Henry's eye flashed, and with an in-dignant gesture he turned to depart, but Adela, with a determined air, laid her hand upon his arm. "Remain," said she, " that portcullis bars all egress from the castle, 72 HEROINES OP THE CRUSADES.

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