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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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lings, thou wouldst be better inclined to laugli at their folly than relieve their poverty." " Adela counts it not folly for a man to sell all he hath for the kingdom of Heaven's sake." " I fancy," said Henry, laughiug, " that those self-sacri-ficers have an eye to the ' manifold more in this life,5 rather than to the heavenly inheritance; and some, I trow, under-stand by the kingdom of heaven, a principality in Pales-tine." " And were not the establishment of Christian powers in Asia a worthy purpose ?" returned Adela, little pleased at her brother's insinuations. " Certes, my beloved sister. But wherefore didst thou de-tain thy unworthy Beauclerk, is there not kingdom or duchy for him ?" " Nay ! I scarcely claim the me4ft of detaining thee," said Adela, " since I suspect that a stronger tie than com-passion for my lone estate has withheld thee." " That a tender interest in the declining health of tho Red King somewhat influenced my decision I cannot deny," replied Henry, evasively. "And had the superlative beeuty of the Red King's ward no influence ?" said Adela, pressing her advantage. " Nay, sister, since thou divinest my secret," said Henry, frankly, " I will e'en tell thee all. Perceiving that thy crusades would draw from the Norman power its military strength, I deemed it wise, in case of my brother's death, to entrench myself in the affections of the English people, by uniting my personal interest with the Saxon race. Ac-cordingly, when Robert sent me to England to negotiate the mortgage of his duchy with Rufus, I visited the nun-nery of Wilton, with Edgar Atheling." " And thou sawest there the fair novice, Matilda," in-terrupted Adela. " Call her not novice, she scorns the name, and hath a spirit like a queen. In presence of her uncle the Atheling, she tore the hateful veil from her head, and trampled it under her feet." ADELA. 81 6

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