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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 279



Hainault, is now your sovereign and the Emperor of the East." " Agreeably to the Byzantine custom, the barons and knights immediately elevated their future lord upon a buckler and bore him into the church of St. Sophia. When the pomp of magnificence and dignity was prepared, the coronation took place. The papal legate threw the im-perial purple over Baldwin ; the soldiers joined with the clergy in crying aloud, ' He is worthy of reigning and the splendor of conquest was mocked by the Grecian cere-mony, of presenting to the new sovereign a tuft of lighted wool and a small vase filled with bones and dust, as em-blems of the perishableness of grandeur, and the brevity of life." The splendid fiefs which the ambitious Adela had map-ped out for the heroes of the first crusade, now fell to the lot of her descendants in the division of the Greek Empire. One was invested with the duchy of Nice ; one obtained a fair establishment on the banks of the Hebrus ; and one, served with the fastidious pomp and splendor of oriental luxury, shared the throne of Baldwin, the successor of Con-stantino the Great. CHAPTER III. • "But HI hide in ray breast every selfish care, And flush my pale cheek with wine, When smiles await the bridal pair, I'll hasten to give them mine." WHILE the Eastern Croises were thus engaged in appor-tioning among themselves, the rich domains of the Greek Empire, Simon de Montfort, who had abandoned the ex-pedition, when its destination was changed from Jerusalem to Constantinople, was not less actively employed in a do-mestic crusade, published by Innocent ' III., against the heretics of the south of France. In the province of Tou- ISABELLA. 291


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