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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 398



fortless eyrie of Snowdon for the softer luxuries of Windsor Castle and Hampton Court, and the oaken cradle of the second Edward, suspended by ring and staples from carved supporters, yet occupies its little nook in the secluded chamber where his infant eyes first opened on the light. Eleanora's experience of the conquering power of love, made lier solicitous to employ a Welsh attendant for her son, but such was the fear which her husband's name had inspired among the families of the fierce mountaineers that she was forced to abandon the project till accident procured for the amiable queen the domestic she needed not only, but threw into her hands the fate of Wales. From the irregular surface of their territory the Welsh were necessarily a pastoral people, and their simple manner of life exposed them to certain defeat when the conquest of their country was steadily and prudently pursued by the well-trained warriors of England. But like the hardy sons of all mountainous districts, the Welsh seemed to inhale the spirit of liberty from the free breath of their native hills, and hunted as they were from one retreat to another, they still rallied around their ancient standard, and lis-tened with rapture to predictions of their future greatness. Edward followed them with untiring patience through rug-ged defiles and rocky fastnesses till his heavy armed troops were ready to sink with fatigue. Everywhere they found evidences of the straits to which the miserable inhabitants were reduced. Deserted ham-lets, abandoned fields, and famishing animals, betokened the last extremity of suffering. It was just at night-fall when they came suddenly upon a strong body posted within the narrow precincts of a valley. The lowing of the herds that began to suffer from the want of forage, was the first sound that attracted the atten-tion of the English scouts, and by a circuitous path the whole detachment were conducted to a position command-ing a full view of the enemy. The bivouac consisted of rude huts or booths, constructed for shelter rather than de- HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.


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