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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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you nave hitherto stained with blood, in battles and tourna-ments against yourselves. To those' present, I command this ; to those absent, I enjoin it. For ourselves we will trust in the mercy of the Almighty God, and in virtue of the power He has given us, and by the authority of the blessed Apostles, Peter and Paul, we absolve all who en-gage in thjs holy war, from all the offences which they shall repent in their hearts, and with their lips confess, and in the retribution of the just we promise to the same an increased portion of eternal salvation. And this forgive-ness shall extend also to those who contribute by their sub-stance or counsel to its success. Go then, brave soldiers, and secure to yourselves fame throughout the world. God will accompany you on your march—the season of the year be propitious, both by the abundance of fruits, and by the serenity of the elements. Those who shall die, will sit down in the Heavenly guest-chamber, and those who sur-vive will set their eyes on the Saviour's sepulchre. Happy are they who are called to this expedition, that they may Bee the holy places in which our Lord conversed with man, and where to save them he was born, crucified, died ;— was buried and rose again. Take then the road before you in expiation of your sins, and. go assured that after the honors of this world have passed away, imperishable glory shall await you, even in the kingdom of Heaven." Loud shouts of ' God wills it,' ' God wills it,' pronounced simultaneously in all the different dialects, and languages, spoken by the nations of which the multitude was com-posed, for a moment interrupted the prelate. Command-ing silence by a motion of the hand, he resumed. " Dear brethren, to-day is shown forth in you, that which the Lord has said by his evangelist, ' "When two or three shall be assembled in my name, there shall I be in the midst of them.' For if the Lord God had not been in your souls you would not all have pronounced the same words, or rather God himself pronounced them by your lips, for it was He who put them in your hearts. Be they then your war-cry in the combat, for those words came forth from ADELA. 77

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