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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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CHAPTER VI. SELECTED FROM THE CHRONICLE OF VINSAUF, 1191. " ON the Saturday before the festival of the blessed Apostle Barnabas, in the Pentecost week, King Bichard landed at Acre with his retinue, and the earth was shaken by the acclamations of the exulting Christians. The peo-ple testified their joy by shouts of welcome, and the clang of trumpets ; the day was kept as a jubilee, and universal gladness reigned around, on account of the arrival of the king, long wished-for by all nations. The Turks, on the other hand, were terrified and cast down by his coming, for they perceived that all egress and return would be at an end, in consequence of the multitude of the king's galleys. The two kings conducted each other from the port, and paid one another the most obsequious attention. Then King Richard retired to the tent, previously prepared for him, and, forthwith, entered into arrangements about the eiege ; for it was his most anxious care to find out by what means, artifice, and machines they could capture the city without loss of time. "No pen can sufficiently describe the joy of the people on the king's arrival, nor tongue detail it. Th'e very calmness of the night was thought to smile upon them with a purer air ; the trumpets clanged, horns sounded, and the shrill intonations of the pipe, and the deeper notes of the timbrel and harp, struck upon the ear ; and soothing sym-phonies were heard, like various voices blended in one ; and there was not a man who did not, after his own fashion, indulge in joy and praise ; either singing popular ballads to testify the gladness of his heart, or reciting the deeds of the ancients, stimulating by their example the spirit of the moderns. Some drank wine from costly cups, to the health of the singers ; while others mixing together, high and low, passed the night in constant dances. HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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