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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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mountaineers agreed to tender their final submission to him as lord paramount, if he would appoint them a native Welshman for their prince, who could speak neither Saxon nor French, for those barbarous languages they declared they could never understand. Edward graciously acceded to the request, and the pre-liminaries being arranged he brought from the eagle tower the little Edward, assuring them that he was a native of Wales, could speak neither of the reprobated tongues, and, under the tutelage of his lovely instructress Guendoline, would doubtless soon become a proficient in Welsh. "The fierce mountaineers little expected such a ruler. They had, however, no alternative but submission, and with as good grace as they might, kissed the tiny hand which was to sway their sceptre, and vowed fealty to the babe of the faithful Eleanora." ..-»-.. CHAPTER X. THE ASTRONOMER AND THE JEW. PEACE being thus happily established, King Edward transferred the residence of his queen from the rugged strength of Caernarvon to the magnificent refinements of Conway castle ; where, surrounded by her ladies and chil-dren, she enjoyed, for a brief period, a repose from anxiety and care. Here seated in a chamber of state, whose windows of stained glass opened upon a terrace, commanding a beauti-ful view of the varied landscape, Eleanora passed her mornings, receiving those who were honored by being pres-ent at her levée, while her tire-women combed and braided the long silken tresses which shaded and adorned her serene and lovely features. This condescension of the queen, had a most gracious and' 2.7. ELEANORA. 417

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