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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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NOTE FF.—PAGE 73. " Crowds followed the steps of the monk."—The lower order of people attached themselves to one. Peter the Her-mit, a monk of the city of Amiens. He had at first led a solitary life under the habit of a monk ; but afterwards, men saw him traversing the streets, and preaching every-where. The people surrounded him in crowds,—over-whelmed him with presents, and proclaimed his sanctity with such great praises, that I do not remember like honors having been rendered to any one. In whatever he did, or said, there seemed to be something divine in him, so that they would even pluck the hairs out of his mule, to keep them as relics ; which I relate here, not as laudable, but for the vulgar, who love all extraordinary things. He wore only a woollen tunic, and above it a cloak of coarse dark cloth, which hung to his heels. His arms and feet were naked ; he ate little or no bread ; and supported him-self on wine and fish.—Michelet, p. 209. NOTE GG.—PAGE'78. "J)eus Vult."—Urban was about to continue, when he was interrupted by a general uproar ; the assistants shed tears, struck their breasts, raised their eyes and hands to heaven, all exclaiming together, "Let us march, God wills it ! God wills it !"—History of the Popes, p. 384. NOTE HH.—PAGE 79. " Stitch the red cross."—All mounted the red cross on their shoulders. Red stuffs and vestments of every kind were torn in pieces; yet were insufficient for the purpose. There were those who imprinted the cross upon themselves with a red-hot iron.—Ilichelet, p. 210. NOTE IL—PAGE 82. " Walter the Penniless."—Sixty thousand were conducted by the Hermit. "Walter the Penniless led fifteen thousand footmen, followed by a fanatic named Godeschal, whose ser- NOTES.


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