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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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treasures of Sheba, and Dedan, and Ophir into the coffers of the church, created a great sensation in Europe. The titular king, John de Brienne, was ready to re-sign all the real or fancied good that might appertain to his daughter's dominions, in favor of any candidate whom the pope should select as lier future husband ; and the presumptive queen, whose eastern preferences led her still to retain the timid reserve in which she had been educated, was not supposed to have any choice in the mat-ter. The wily pontiff desirous to bind the Ghibelline fac-tion like a victim to the horns of the altar, proposed a union between the son of the Emperor Frederic, and the daughter of John de Brienne. The young prince was delighted with his brilliant prospects, and readily assured the legate of the pope, that his sword should be ready at all times and in all places to execute the decrees of the church. Since her arrival at Rome, Violante had lived in almost utter solitude, mourning for the girlish sports that had given wings to the flying hours in the palace of Cairo, and weep-ing at the remembrance of the constant beneficence and ten-der counsels of the good Queen Elsiebede. She received the advances of the royal heir of Hohenstaufen with an embar-rassment that might portend either success or failure to his suit. lie repeated Iiis visits, and at each interview made desperate efforts to impress her with a sense of his devotion and to win in return some token of her regard ; but his self-felicitations reached no farther than a general convic-tion, that she was very beautiful and very bashful. John de Brienne represented to his daughter the necessity of fixing the affections of the young king. She listened with respectful silence, and interposed no objections to the arrangements making for her future happiness. The nup-tials were to be celebrated on the occasion of a high fes-tival, at Ferentino, and the emperor with the chief digni-taries of his court was to grace the splendid ceremony. The week before the appointed day, Frederic arrived in Italy, and prompted'by curiosity, sought an interview with his prospective daughter. Violante received the majestic 832 HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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