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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 390



Tears dimmed the beautiful eyes of the gratified queen, for she read in the enthusiastic acclamations with which the act of Indemnity was received, an incontrovertible tes-timony to the wisdom of the course she had so warmly ad-vocated, and an earnest of the peace which this display of her husband's magnanimity would secure to his realm. Foremost among those who hailed his accession, Edward discerned tbe commanding figure of the outlaw, who had so long and so successfully eluded his search. No sooner was he seated upon his throne, than he commissioned the lord-high seneschal to cause the mysterious personage to approach. As he came forward, and knelt at the mon-arch's feet, Eleanora recognized the tall knight to whom she owed her own life and her husband's liberty, and heard him with more pleasure than surprise announced asDermot de la Clare. " Rise, noble Clare !" exclaimed Edward, " to thee thy monarch owes his life and the security of his realm, and the honors and titles of thy house are henceforth restored, to which we add the forfeited manors of Leicester, not more a recompense for thy knightly service than a guerdon for the sweet affection of thy lovely daughter." Scarcely had Earl Dermot retired among the nobles, who crowded around him with words of congratulation, when the monarch sum-moned Henry de Courtenay, and, in consideration of his services in the holy wars, created him Earl of Devon— whispering aside to the conscious noble, " Our gracious queen, who excelleth in charity, will give thee pity and dole of that which she hath in royal keeping, and for which thou wilt doubtless be more grateful than for all the lands of which we have this day made thee lord." Other faithful vassals of the crown were rewarded, and then the joyous multitude adjourned to the feasting and games, with which the day was closed ; and the marriage of Eva and Sir Henry, which took place the following day, added another féte to the coronation festivities. Among the various disorders to which the kingdom had fallen a prey during the weak and uncertain rule of Henry 406 HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.


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