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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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an imprisoned bird to be free. lie shouted the honored names of the leaders, and the potent war-cry of the Chris-tians ; called on the Saviour, and Mary, and every saint in the calendar for release; but in vain. The walls of his prison alone echoed his cry ; no ear heard his voice ; no eye was lifted towards his lonely turret. He watched till the last cross disappeared in the distance, and overwhelmed with despair, sank in agony upon the floor. " The moon was riding high in heaven when he was awa-kened by the light touch of a delicate hand, and the soft voice of Zaida whispered, ' Gilbert ! England !' the only Saxon words he had taught her. He started up, and an exclamation of joy mounted to his lip. But Zaida, with a warning motion, imposed silence, and beckoned him to fol-low her. Silently he tracked his stealthy way through the mazes of the castle, guided by the vision that glided on be-fore him, more like a spirit of the air, than a being of earthly mould, and the young Englishman had dizzy work to follow her down a rude stone stair, winding to the base of the cliff, where a little skiff was moored. She motioned him to embark. He obeyed, and turned to place her by his side. She was gone. Far up the steep he saw the last flut-ter of her white robe. He sprang to follow, but a strong arm dashed him to the bottom of the boat. The rowers bent to their oars, and the little bark glided noiselessly down the stream." " Did he rejoin the christian army ?" said Adela. "All along the banks of the river," rej^lied Henry, "he beheld, with torturing gaze, the watch-fires of the christian camp, and heard the pass-word repeated by familiar voices, but the pirates, for such they were, permitted him neither to speak nor move. Reaching the sea of Cyprus, they put him on board a vessel, and he was conveyed to Briindusiurn." " And were these pirates Infidels ?" inquired Adela. " Saracens they were not,1' said her brother, " but to what extent they believed in our holy religion Becket was not prepared to state. They spoke several dialects of the 96 HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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