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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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loving lips, bound np the, wound with a soft emollient, and prescribed for the princess an antidote of sovereign efficacy. Scarcely had silence resumed her dominion in the palace, when the porter was again aroused to admit de Courtenay and his rescued Eva. The traitor D'Essai had been lodged in the tower of Maledictum, to wait Edward's pleasure con-cerning him ; and Eva, her heart overflowing with rap-ture in the assurance of Sir Henry's restored confidence, and the security of a father's love, passed the livelong night, with Eleanora, in that free communion of soul which gener-ous natures experience when the gushings of a common emotion overleap the barriers of conventionalism and for-mality. Edward was himself again. The steady ray of reason had subdued the fevered gleam of his eye, and the ruddy hueof health replaced the pallor of wasting sickness upon his cheek, nis athletic frame had wrestled with disease,, apd come off conqueror over weakness and pain ; and as he assumed his seat of judgment, clad in his warlike pan-oply, the royal Piantagenet " looked every inch a king." The great church of Acre was thrown open, and knights in brilliant armor, and Templars and Hospitallers in the habiliments of their orders, bishops and priests in their sacred robes, and vassals in their holiday array, crowded up the long aisles, and filled the spacious choir, as though eager to witness some splendid ceremonial. But instead of gorgeous decorations, wainscot and window draped with black diffused a funereal gloom, and the solemn reverbera-tion of the tolling bell seemed to sound a requiem over the grave of Hope. Sir Francis d'Essai had been tried in a conncil of his peers, and found guilty of treason to religion and knightly devoir ; and this day, the anniversary of his admission to the rank of knighthood, his companions in arms, the vassals whom he despised, and all those actuated by curiosity or enmity, were assembled to witness his degradation. Eva shuddered at the terrible doom of her former lover, and de HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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