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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
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it was, that Gregory IX. called again upon the devout children of the church, to take arras against the Infidels." "I remember," replied Edward, "the departure of my uncle Richard of Cornwall, and the valiant Longsword, with their knights, and retainers for Palestine, and I have heard that his very name was a terror to the Saracens, in-asmuch as they mistook him for the great Richard Cœur de Lion. God willing. Sire de Joinville, the name of Ed-ward shall one day, frighten his enemies as well." To this De Joinville gravely replied, " Thou wouldst do well to remember that which the good King Louis said, when, to secure the tranquillity of his subjects, he relin-quished so great a portion of his territory to thy royal sire : I would rather be like our Lord, who giveth freely to all, than like the conquerors of the earth who have made to themselves enemies in grasping the rights of others !" "In sooth," replied Edward, "the sentiment savoreth more of the saint than of the king," a little piqued that his ambitious tendencies elicited no warmer approbation. "And yet," returned de Joinville, "King Louis is the greatest monarch in Europe, and often by his wise counsel accommodates those differences which involve other coun-tries in bloodshed. He has, thou knowest well, already composed the dissensions between thy father and his haughty brother-in-law, Earl Leicester." " Aye, verily," returned Edward, his eyes flashing with the presentiment of vengeance, " this good sword shall one day teach the misproud earl better manners.—Had my fatherless of those meek virtues which thou prizest so highly, he would never have ratified the statutes of Oxford, and made England the prey of Simon de Montfort's ra-pacity." "The poor inhabitants of Albi and Carcassonne, albeit many of them, 1 fear me, were miserable heretics, teach their children to curse the name even more bitterly," an-swered de Joinville, " than thou dost." " He who slaughters women and children," answered Edward, with proud disdain, " even though it be by the ELEANORA. 351


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