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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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motives that influenced to so strange a proceeding. " Fair Solyma lies in ruins," replied the little fanatics, " and it may please God who out of the mouths of babes and suck-lings hath ordained strength, to redeem it by our feeble hands." These scenes occurred daily upon her route. In vain the queen employed argument and entreaty, threats and promises to induce them to return to their homes. They followed in the train of a company of monks who, with the diabolical design of profiting by a crime then too common, were working upon their superstitious hopes, and fears to decoy them to the sea-coast, where they might be shipped to Egypt and sold as slaves. Thirty thousand mis-guided innocents were thus collected from Italy and Ger-many, and most of them fell a sacrifice to the mercenary motives of those who traded in the bodies and souls of men. When Isabella arrived at Angoulême, the valiant Lusig-nan was absent from his territories, fighting under the ban-ners of the cross, and her maternal heart was allowed the solace of frequent intercourse with Joanna, the little bride of her former lover. CHAPTER IV. "I'll hang my harp on the wîllow-tree, And off to the wars again ; My peaceful home has no charms for me, The battle-field no pain." CONVINCED by the crusade of the children that the spirit which had moved the former expeditions to the Holy Land was still active in Europe, Pope Innocent exclaiming, " While we sleep these children are awake," determined once more to arm the Christian world against the Ifoslem. The commands of the Vatican calling upon men to exter-minate the Infidel were hurled upon every part of Europe. HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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