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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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preciate the purity of a motive that induced a wife to ex-change presents with a lover ; and from this time all con-fidence between them was at an end. The Queen of France was, notwithstanding, received and entertained at Jerusa-lem, with all the honors due her rank ; but Peyrol was instructed to watch her movements, and prevent any further communication with Raimond. A council was held at Ptolemais, composed of the chris-tian powers of Syria and Palestine, and the crusaders from Europe, and though the restoration of the Conrtneys to their lost principality was the object of the expedition, it was decided that Damascus was a far more dangerous neighbor to Jerusalem than the remote city of Edessa. The decree to march to Damascus was accordingly passed, and the kings Louis VII., Baldwin III., and Conrad III. brought their troops into the field. The best disciplined parts of the army were the Knights of the Temple, and of St. John. In the early days of pilgrimages, an institution for the care of the sick had been established in Jerusalem. In this friendly hospital the wounded and dying of the first crusade were received .and tended with the greatest care. King Godfrey with affec-tionate gratitude rewarded their pious labors by the gift of an estate in Brabant, whence they derived a steady revenue. The association acquired importance, and finally formed a religious house under the tutelage of St. John the Baptist. They took the usual vows of chastity, poverty, and obedi-ence, and the patriarch of Jerusalem invested them with a black robe, having a white linen cross of eight points upon the left breast. In A.D. 1113, the Hospital was put under the protection of the Holy See, and their revenues increasing beyond the demands of charity, about A.D. 1130, they determined to draw the sword against the enemies of the faith. The Hospitallers were accordingly arranged into three classes, nobility, clergy, and serving brothers, who divided their duties between making deadly war upon the Infidels, heal-ing the wounds of the Christian soldier, and praying for ELEANOR. 143

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