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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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words : " The Sultan of Egypt is hard pressed by the Mos-lems. It is a favorable moment to commence negotia-tions." The seal of the Shamrock was the only signature, but Eva well understood that the Clare had been engaged in devising an honorable scheme to release Edward from an expedition which could not result in glory to the christian arms. The prince had now been fourteen months in the Holy Land. His army, never sufficient to allow of his undertak-ing any military enterprise of importance, was reduced by sickness, want and desertion, and he therefore gladly ac-cepted the hint of his unknown friend, and despatched de Courtenay to Egypt with proposals of peace. It was a glad errand to the knight, though the timid and' (she could not conceal it) loving Eva warned him most strenuously against the artifices of the Sultan, Al Malek al. Dhaker Rokneddin Abulfeth Bibers al Alai al Bendokdari al Saheli, whose name, at least, she said, was legion. " And were he the prince of darkness himself, the love of my guardian Eva would protect me against his wiles," gallantly returned the count. " Alas !" said Eva, humbly, " thou little knowest the broken reed on which thou leanest. My weak will mocks my bravest resolutions, and makes me feel the need of a firmer spirit for my guide." "Heaven grant that I may one day receive the grateful office," returned her lover. " Heaven help me become worthy of thy noble devo-tion," said Eva, remembering with regret the cruel test to which she had subjected his generous affection. De Courtenay found little difficulty in settling the terms of a ten years' truce with the formidable Mameluke ; for the Sultan had far greater reason to fear his Moslem than his Christian foes. There was no occasion for the farther sojourn of the English in Palestine; and Edward, having accomplished nothing more than his great-uncle, and leaving a reputa- HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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