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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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entered the church of the Resurrection, and given himself to prayer, till at length sinking upon the cold stone pave-ment, there had breathed upon his senses,—first a soft strain like a shepherd's flute, swelling into a heavenly harmony, such as the advent angels sung, and then, triumphant an-thems deepening into the trumpet's thunder tone, and the discordant clash of armor ; that like Elijah of old he had afterwards heard a still small voice, saying, " Arise, Peter, make haste and fulfil without fear, what I have enjoined upon thee ; for I will be with thee. It is time for the holy places to be purified, and for my servants to be succored in their distress ;" that immediately after the seraphic vision had beamed upon his sight, the brightness of the light awoke him ; when he beheld lying upon the altar a letter containing the words of the Saviour ; and his own pilgrim's staff transformed into a sword. The Hermit ceased ; and held up the miraculous scroll before the eyes of all the people. A wailing swept over the vast throng, and the whole multitude bowed, as the fprest bends before the first rush of the tempest. Seizing upon the favorable moment, the pontiff arose and addressed the assembly. " My brethren and dearest children, whether kings, princes, marquises, counts, barons, or knights, all you who have been redeemed by the bodily passion, and shedding of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, hear the complaints of God himself, which are ad-dressed to you concerning the wrongs and unlooked-for in-juries, which have been done to him in Asia, where sprang the first germs of our faith, where the Apostles suffered martyrdom, and where at the present day, the persecuted christians with stifled sighs, long for a participation in your liberties. Have compassion upon your brethren that dwell in Jerusalem, and in the coasts thereof,—check the inso-lence of the barbarians, and you will be extolled through-out all ages—let your zeal in the expedition atone for the rapine, theft, homicide, licentiousness, and deeds of incen-diarism, by which you have provoked the Lord to anger,—• turn against the enemies of Christ those weapons, which HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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