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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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fine person and literary attainments made him an object of attraction to all the ladies of Paris. To Geoffrey Eleanor confided her troubles, one of the greatest of which was, the refusal of the king to adopt the courtly adornirfgs of the times, particularly the long-toed shoes, fastened to the knee by golden chains ; and she was especially vexed that he had, at the suggestion of the clergy, parted with his long curls, handsome beard and mustachios. "Already," said she, "he wears the shaven chin and the serge robe, and he needs only the tonsure and cowl to make him a priest." . The duke repaid her confidence by delineating his own domestic afflictions arising from the haughty demeanor of his consort the Empress Matilda, whose irritable temper had not been improved by her ineffectual struggles with Stephen for the throne of England. Altogether they had a very sympathizing meeting. Two years after, Henry of Anjou once more visited Paris to do homage for his domains, and the queen with a facili-ty acquired by practice, transferred to him the partiality she had entertained for his father. The young Plantageiftt was a noble, martial-looking prince, with a fair and gra-cious countenance, and eyes that sparkled with intelligence and energy. In the light of this new attachment, Eleanor discovered that King Louis was her fourth cousin, and farther that the divorce he had threatened was a matter of conscience and propriety. Louis for the first time in many years seemed to find happiness in the same plan that pleased his queen. A council of the church was called at Eeaugeiicie, and in the presence of Eleanor and Louis, and a numerous circle of relatives, the marriage was declared invalid on account of consanguinity. Leaving her daughters in the care of their father, the liberated princess joyfully departed with her sister Pe-tronilla and her Provençal attendants to her own country. On her way southward she stopped some time at the castle of Blois, where the old Count Thibaut, father of Adelais, whose domestic peace she had so selfishly invaded, became 146 HEROINES OP THE CRUSADES.

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