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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 166



and a boy belonging to a neighboring peasant had never since been heard of. Though Ilenry traced this story through all the interpolations and additions that ignorance and credulity could give it, neither his utmost inquiries nor his subsequent researches could elicit any further fact. Satisfied that nothing could be learned at "Woodstock, the king hurried to "Winchester. The passionate queen, amidst npbraidings and revilings, acknowledged that she had dis-covered the retreat of his mistress, and that, stung by jealousy, she had threatened to take her life by the poniard or poison ; that to prevent the escape of her fair rival, she had stationed two of her Gascon -servants, a guard at the tower-stair. But she declared that when she returned on the following morning to execute her fell purpose, she found the grass dripping with gore, and not far distant the dead bodies of her servants, and the corpse of another whom she had known in her early days as Sir Thomas, guarded by a wolf-dog just expiring from a sword-wound ; and that, as-sisted by Peyrol, she had dragged the bodies into the thicket, and then vainly endeavored to trace the fugitives. Notwithstanding all the threats that Henry employed to extort further confession, she persisted in affirming her ig-norance of the fate of Bosamond. Little crediting her asseverations, he increased the rigor of her confinement, and installed Alice, the affianced of Richard, with almost regal honors, in the state apartments. This sudden partiality of his father roused the jealousy of Richard, and he demanded the hand of his bride in term3 not the most respectful nor conciliatory. Henry felt that the bond between his son and France was sufficiently strong, and ingeniously delayed the nuptials. Then ensued another rebellion led by young Henry ; but before the day fixed for battle arrived, anxiety and fatigue threw the prince into a fever, from which he never recov-ered. On his death-bed his soul became agitated with fear and remorse. He sent messengers to his father to implore forgiveness for his unfilial conduct, and ordered the priesta to lay him on a bed of ashes, where having received the ELEANOR. 17o IT»


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