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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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t The conscious Eva looked imploringly at her mistress, who graciously accorded her permission to depart, while Edward continued his raillery. " I referred the gallant unto thee, love," said he, " for he must be a brave man who dares transfer the possessions of his wife." "To the marriage of de Courtenay with our beautiful ward," returned the queen, " there riseth but one objection. From the similarity of her name, she ever fancied herself the heiress of the former King of Leinster, and hath culti-vated a taste for decorations befitting royalty. I fear me that Sir Henry, being but the younger branch of his house, will scarce be able to maintain a state suited to her desires." " God grant she have not the ambition of Earl Strignl, * else might we find it necessary to do battle for our fief of Ireland," said Edward. " Nay, from the ambition of Eva, thou hast nought to fear ; her heart would incline her rather to bestow benefi-ces upon her friends, than to hoard treasures for herself. Therefore it is that I desire for her worthy alliance and princely dower," returned the queen. " Thou hast it in thy power, best one, to obviate thine own objections and to bless the loyal hamlet that protected thy seclusion, by giving them so gracious a mistress." Tears of gratitude filled the eyes of the queen, as looking affectionately upon her husband she replied, " How lost were Eleanora to the love of God did she not daily thank Him for making her the wife of one who finds his own hap-piness in promoting the welfare of his subjects." "Not all his subjects regard him with thy partial fond-ness," said the king. " Our brother, Alexander of Scot-land, has refused to renew the oath of homage, which his ancestor made to Henry II. for his crown, and will attend our coronation only as kingly guest ; while the bold Llewel-lyn refuses to set foot in London." " The troublous period through which the realm'so lately passed, pleads their best excuse for these unjust suspicions/ suggested the queen. " When the wisdom and magnanin ELEANORA. 403

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