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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 72



mountains,—the Dane forgot his wassail-bowl,—the Nor-wegian left his fishing-tackle on the sand. Whatever was stored in granaries or hoarded in chambers, to answer the hopes of the avaricious husbandman, or the1 covetousness of the miser, all was deserted, or bartered for military equipments. "Zeal and sympathy, and indignation and chivalrous feeling, and the thirst for glory, and the passion for enter-prise, and a thousand vague, but great and noble aspira-tions, mingled in the complicated motive of the Crusade. It increased by contagion—it grew by communion—it spread from house to house—and from bosom to bosom—it became a universal desire—an enthusiasm—a passion—a madness." Princes labored like peasants at the forge or in the ar-mory. High-born dames abandoned their embroidery, and employed their delicate fingers in fabricating garments for the retainers of their lords. The Countess of Blois laid aside the famous Bayeux tapestry, which her mother had left for her completion, and accompanied her husband from castle to castle, through all their wide domains, presiding over the labors of her maidens, while with pious zeal they stitched the red cross upon the surcoats of the warriors. Robert pledged his ducal domains to the grasping Rufus, for a sum of money scarcely sufficient to meet the expenses of the expedition; and Edgar Atheling bestowing his or-phan nieces in the nunnery of Wilton, joined the train of his friend. Godfrey, Duke of Lorraine, a prince of the royal house of France, assembled his followers, from the banks of the Rhine to the Elbe ; Raimond of Toulouse, and Adhemar, bishop of Puy, called the Moses and Aaron of the host, collected the Goths and Gascons, and all the mingled people between the Pyrerees and the Alps ; Bohemond of Apulia commanded the tribes from the Tuscan sea to the Adriatic, while volun-teers from all parts of Europe flocked to the standards of these noble leaders, or joined the band of tho Hermit himself. ADELA. 79


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