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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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bede had entered upon an untried state, his desire to in-sure to lier every possible good,led liim, at great personal inconvenience, to procure an ebony cross, that if she failed of the Mohammedan paradise, she might, through its influ-ence, gain an entrance into the Christian's heaven. With a feeble hand that scarce obeyed the promptings of his generous affection, the faithful black hollowed a place for the venerated symbol, and with great difficulty planted it firmly at the head of the.grave. The pious task accom-plished, he knelt to repeat a christian prayer which they had learned together in the household of Berengaria. The familiar words overwhelmed him in a tide of long-forgotten reminiscences, and he fell prostrate upon the mound. The following morning Violante obtained permission to accompany the maidens to the burial ground, and assist in garlanding the grave of the Sultana. At the sight of the silent worshipper they hushed their voices, but he heeded not their approach. The princess ventured to lift the hand that rested upon the cross. It was stiff and cold. She drew aside her veil and gazed upon his face. The faithful Salaman had expired upon the grave of Elsiebede. CHAPTER IV. "fier lot is on you—silent tears to weep, And patient smiles to wear through suffering's hour And suinless riehes from Affection's deep, To pour, ou broken reeds—a wasted shower I And to make idols, and to fiud them clay, And to bewail that worship—therefore pray 1" VIOLANTE, the eastern beauty, whose hand held the keys of all the seaports of the Levant—the sceptre of the Latin kingdom of Palestine, and the diadem of Jerusalem—and whose voice alone could pronounce the magic " Sesame" that should open the gates of commerce, and pour the VIOLANTE. 331

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