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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 194



the lack of the potency of the precious gem. Stung with remorse, Elsiebede declared that if the ring could not save her father's life, it should at least procure him a grave, and telling her mistress that she could never again look upon the jewel without a shudder, begged her to accept it, and to assist her in burying him according to the rites of the Mo-hammedan religion. In catholic Navarre this was next to an impossibility; but through the generosity of the prin-cess, and the ingenuity of Salaman, the corpse was secretly conveyed to the Moorish cemetery in Grenada. CHAPTER II. "O, such a day Sv fought, so followed, and so fairly won, Came not till now, to dignify the times." IT was a gala-day in Navarre. Sancho the Strong, the gallant brother of Berengaria, had proclaimed a tourna-ment in compliment to his friend Richard Plantagenet,' Count of Poitou. In the domestic wars which had vexed the south of France since the marriage of Eleanor of Aqui-taine with Henry of Anjou, these valiant youths had fought side by side, and from a friendship cemented by intimacy as well as similarity of tastes and pursuits, had become fratres jurati, or sworn ^brothers, according to the customs of the age. Both were celebrated for their knightly ac-complishments and their skill in judging of Provençal poetry, and each had proved the prowess of the other in chivalric encounter, and provoked the genius of his friend in the refined and elegant contests of minstrelsy and song. The brave Sancho had arranged the lists, giving to his friend the first place as knight challenger, reserving the second for himself, and bestowing the third upon their brother in arms, the young Count of Champagne. The " gay pavilions were set, a splendid concourse assembled, BERENOARIA OF NAVARRE. 205


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