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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 236



the city to the last extremity, and that now lay stretched around him, the bleeding holocaust upon the altar of a strange faith. The death-like silence that prevailed was broken by the faint sound of a trumpet, and at a distance was seen the flutter of a truce flag borne by a herald riding at full speed. The messenger advanced to the field of blood, hastened to the royal presence and presented a letter. The king cut-ting the silk with his sword, rapidly ran his eye over the contents, and then advancing, frankly extended his hand to the rescued Mestoc, saying, "Thy Soldan has at length fulfilled the conditions of thy ransom. I grieve that he so little valued the lives of thy brave companions. His tardy measures forced me upon an evil work. Heavfen grant that one day I may, upon his own person, be able to avenge their death." Then, ordering the squires to prepare the Cypriot horses, he held the stirrup while the gallant Emir, with the same grave and tranquil air, that had character-ized him through the whole of that eventful day, mounted Lyard, and himself vaulting upon the saddle of the beau-tiful Fanuelle, led the way to the palace. EXTRACT FROM VINESAUF. " On the morrow, therefore, of St. Bartholomew, being Sunday, the army was drawn up, early in the morning, to advance along the sea-coast, in the name of the Lord. Oh ! what fine soldiers they were! You might there see'a chosen company of virtuous and brave youth, whose equals it would have been difficult to meet with, bright armor and pennons, with their glittering emblazoning; banners of various forms ; lances with gleaming points ; shining hel-mets, and coats of mail ; an army well regulated in the camp, and terrible to the foe ! King Bichard commanded the van, and kept the foremost guard. The Normans and English defended the standard, the Duke of Burgundy and the French brought up the rear, and by their tardy move-ments and long delay incurred severe loss. The army BERENGARIA OP NAVARRE. 247


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