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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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their fierce attack. The fate of the principality of Antioch was closely connected with that of tbe Latin kingdom of Jerusalem. The family of Eohemond, the first sovereign, who married Constantia, daughter of Phillip I., King of Fiance, had reigned there in unbroken succession nearly to the period of the last Crusade—though the State was tributary to Frederic II. and to his son Conrad. The last king was made a knight by St. Louis. When the Egyptians com-menced their conquests in Syria, Antioch surrendered with-out even the formality"of a siege, and thus the link between the Greek Empire and Palestine was sundered, and all prospect of aid from that quarter entirely cut off. In Acre were assembled the last remains of all the Chris-tian principalities of the East; the descendants of the he-roes who, under Godfrey7 of Boulogne, took up their resi-dence there ; the remnants of the military friars who had so long and so strenuously battled for the ascendency of the " Hospital" and the " Temple" no less than for the redemption of the Holy Sepulchre ; and all the proselytes who, through years of missionary efforts, had been gathered from the Pagan world. Bntjthe defenceless were more numerous than the defenders, and the factions which di-vided their councils would have ripened into treachery and ended in ruin, had it not been for the presence of. Sir Henry Courtenay. From the day of his estrangement from Eva, he had bestowed his devotion upon those objects which he thought best calculated to fill the void in his heart. At the first news of the disasters in Palestine, he had assembled all the partisans and vassals of the noble house of Courtenay, and, furnishing them from his own purse, rallied them around the standard or torteaux, and led them to the rescue of their eastern brethren. He reached the city at the critical moment when, wearied with the strife, the Templars had begun to negotiate with Melech Bendocar upon the terms of a capitulation. His courteous and noble bearing harmonized the jarring spir-its, and his ardent valor inspired them with new hopes, and ELEANORA. • 381

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