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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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less than two years of age. Eleanora watched the resusci-tation of the little stranger, with anxious tenderness. She chafed its dimpled hands in lier own, and strove to recall animation by soft kisses and gentle caresses. As vital warmth gradually returned, and the faint hue of life glow-- ed on the pallid cheek, the suffering one opened her blue eyes, and whispering some indistinct words, among which they could distinguish only "Eva," sank again into uncon-sciousness. The clothing of the little foundling was such as indicated rank and wealth, and a bracelet of Eastern manufacture, elapsed upon her tiny arm, excited much wonder and curi-osity among the queens and their attendants. The prince had found the infant lashed to an oar with a scarf of ex-quisite embroidery. There seemed to be also an armorial design upon it, but the green shamrock, with a rose of Sharon, was a device which none present could decipher. The rescued sailor stated that the lost ship was a coasting vessel, and that, in an Irish harbor, they had taken on board a lady and child ; but, as he had only seen them at the time of their embarkation, he could give no farther ac-count of them. The partiality which Eleanora manifested to the orphan, 1 thus suddenly bereft of every friend, gained for it a home in the bosom of the royal family, and at the castle of Guil-ford, where her father-in-law established her with much state, she passed many pleasant hours in the care of her tender charge. The little Eva added to her infantile charms a disposition of invincible sweetness, relieved by a sportive wilfulness that elicited a constant interest, not unmixed with anxiety, lest a heart so warm might become a prey to influences against which no caution or admonition could shield her. She could give no account of her parentage or home; but sometimes spoke of her mamma, and birds and flowers, as though her childish memory retained associa-tions that linked her thoughts with pleasant walks and ten-der care. Her perceptions were exceedingly quick, but her best resolutions were often evanescent, and she lacked ELEANOKA. 347

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