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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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churches were melted, while the floors and walls of the mosque of Omar, purified with Damascene rose-water, were again consecrated to the worship of the false prophet. The melancholy tidings of this event occasioned the greatest sensation throughout the Christian world. The aged pon-tiff died of a broken heart. The husband of Joanna put on sackcloth and vowed to take the cross. Henry, Philip, the new King of France, the Earls of Flanders and Cham-pagne, and a great number of knights and barons resolved to combine their forces for the redemption of the Holy City. Immediately upon the death of Rosamond, Henry had made all the reparation in his power to her injured name, by acknowledging her children and placing them at "Wood-stock to be educated with his son John. The boys grew up to manhood, and developed a perfection of personal ele-gance and strength of character more befitting the sons of a king than any of the children of Eleanor. He promoted them to offices of honor and trust, and made Geoffrey chan-cellor of the realm. Everything was now ready for the king's departure. In a general council held at Northampton it was enacted that every man who did not join the crusade should pay towards the expense of the expedition one tenth of all his goods ; and the Jews were fined for the same purpose one fourth of their personal property. Henry wrote letters to the em-perors of Germany, Hungary and Constantinople, for liber-ty to pass through their dominions, and receiving favorable answers, passed over to France to complete the arrange-ment with Philip, when the whole plan was defeated by that monarch's demanding that his sister Alice should be given to Richard, and that the English should swear fealty to the prince as heir-apparent to the throne. Henry refused ; and his son Richard, in the public conference, kneeling at the feet of the French monarch, presented him his sword, saying, " To you, sir, I commit the protection of my rights, and to you I now do homage for my father's dominions in France." ELEANOR. 189

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