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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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source, and entered again into the combinations of human things. But the seal being broken it became known to mortals that the elixir of Life existed in the elements, and hence it is, that those who are skilled in the mysteries of nature have searched its grand arcanum with the powerful agencies of alchemy, and tortured the genii with spells and incantations to wring from them the mighty secret. Berengaria had listened to the story with unwonted inter-est, and at its close started up from her couch and eagerly inquired, "What has been the result? Have they dis-covered the long-sought principle ? I have heard wondrous tales concerning these alchemists. Men say they deal in the black art ; but were there one in Navarre, I would brave the imputation of sorcery to question him concerning the elixir of beauty." " A Moorish physician dwells in the suburbs of Pampeluna," replied Elsiebede, measuring her sentences with timid hesitation, " whom I have often seen in the by-ways, gathering herbs, it is said he readeth the fates of mortals in the stars." "Let us go to him," exclaimed the princess, "bring me my pelisson and veil." The girl obeyed with a trembling alacrity, that to a less occupied observer, would have betrayed that the expedition was the unexpected accomplishment of a long-cherished desire. " This way," said Elsiebede, drawing her mistress from the public street, now beginning to be thronged with labor-ers returning from their toil, "the alchemist brooks not impertinent intrusion, and we must beware that no officious attendant, nor curious retainer find the place of his abode." Silently and swiftly the two maidens threaded a narrow alley, leading through an unfrequented part of the town, turning and winding among buildings more and more re-mote from each other, till it terminated on a grassy heath, surrounding a dilapidated mansion. The sun had already set, and Berengaria, never too courageous", began to shudder at the loneliness of the place. With instinctive fear, she clung tremblingly to the arm of her resolute dependent, 200 HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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