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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
page 202

• • CHAPTER III. "Beshrew your eyes, They have overlooked me, and divided me; One half of me is yours, the other half yours, And so all yours." IN the general exciteineut attendant upon the discovery of Richard and the breaking up of the tournament, Beren-garia had remarked the agitation of Elsiebede, and seized an early opportunity to learn the cause. " Where hast thou known Count Richard?" said she in a tone of feigned indifference. " I have never seen him till to-day," replied the attendant. " But thou didst start and turn pale when the White Knight disclosed the features of Plantagenet ?" " Aye, because I saw my lady bring a curse upon his head." " A curse upon him ? How meanest thou, silly child ?" re-plied the princess, growing pale in her turn. "Pardon, my dear mistress," continued Elsiebede, falling upon her knees, " I should have told you, the ring bestowed upon a knight, is a fatal gift." " And why fatal ?" inquired Beren-garia, somewhat relieved thatshe had no greater cause for disquiet. " I know not why. The jewel of the ring has been in the possession of my mother's tribe for many gene-rations, and whenever man has called it his own, sorrow and distress have followed, till this tradition has become a proverb. "Twill thwart his wish, and break his troth, Betray him to his direst foe, And drown him in the sea." " Thou art too superstitious," said Berengaria, as her, at-tendant recited the malediction, with an appearance of the most profound sense of its reality ; " but to please thee, foolish child, I will regain the toy." Berengaria secretly determined to lose no time in relieving Richard from his dangerous pos-session, and accordingly lost no occasion for conversing with BERENGARIA OP NAVARRE.

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