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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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sword into the heart, heating warm with life and hope, and sprinkled the holy relics with the blood of another martyr. With a' vengeful frown of satisfied hate, he wiped the sword, returned it to its scabbard, and strode from the church. One of his knights, fit follower of such a master, inquired as he rejoined his troop, " What has my lord Guy de Montfort done ?" " Taken "vengeance," was the fiendish reply. " How so ?" rejoined the knight. " Was not your father, the great Leicester, dragged a public spectacle, by the hair of the head through the streets of Evesham ?" Without a word the demon turned to his yret more malig-nant triumph, and seizing the victim, whose pale lips yet moved with the instinct of prayer, dragged him from the attendants, who were vainly striving to staunch the life-blood welling from the wound, to the public place, and left him a ghastly spectacle to the horror-stricken crowd. It was now necessary for the murderers to think of self-defence. The English retainers of Earl Henry had raised the cry of revenge, and the Italian populace excited by the fearful tragedy that had been enacted in the very presence of the virgin and child, began to run together and join the parties of attack or defence. The train of de Montfort im-mediately raised the shout of, " d'Anjou ! Down with the Ghibelines !" and when the armed forces of the Duke Charles rode into the midst of the throng to investigate the cause of the tumult, Sir Guy joined their ranks, and departed for Naples under their escort. Tidings of this melancholy event were soon carried to Home, and Edward immediately appealed to the pope for justice upon the murderer. Gregory, who feared to of-fend Edward, and who was almost equally alarmed at the prospect of a rupture with the tyrant of Sicily, had re-course to various ingenious methods of delay. Finding however that the King of England had determined to post-pone the obsequies of his noble relative, until a curse was pronounced upon the assassin, he was forced to the exer-cise of ecclesiastical measures. ELEANORA. 397

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