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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
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1066. The leading transactions of these eventful years, the death of Edward the Confessor, and the coronation of Har-old in the chamber of the royal dead, are represented in the clearest and most regular order in this piece of needle-work, which contains many hundred figures of men, horses, birds, beasts, trees, houses, castles, and churches, all exe-cuted their proper colors, with names and inscriptions over them to elucidate the story. It appears to have been de-signed by Turold, a dwarf artist, who illuminated the can-vas with the proper outlines and colors.—Queens of Eng-land, vol. 1, p. 54. NOTE I.—PAGE 23. " Cicely, the betrothed of Harold."—"William also com-plained of the affront that had been offered to his daughter by the faithless Saxon, who, regardless of his contract to the little Norman princess, just before King Edward's death, strengthened his interest with the English nobles by marrying Algitha, sister to the powerful Earls Morcar and Edwin, and widow to Griffith, Prince of "Wales. This cir-cumstance is mentioned with great bitterness in all "Wil-liam's proclamations and reproachful messages to Harold, and appears to have been considered by the incensed duke to the full as great a villany as the assumption of the crown of England.— Queens of England, vol. 1, p. 35. NOTE J.—PAGE 24. " Condemned her foi^mer lover."—Brithric, the son of Algar, a Saxon Thane, is stated in Domesday, to have held this manor in the reign of Edward the Confessor ; but. hav-ing given offence to Maud, the daughter of Baldwin, Count of Flanders, previous to her marriage witii "William, Duke of Normandy, by refusing to marry her himself, his prop-erty was seized by that monarch on the conquest, and be-stowed seemingly in revenge upon the queen.—Ellis's His-tory of Thornbury Castle. NOTE K.—PAGE 25. " The terrible Vikings."—Sea kings among the Danes 464 NOTES.


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