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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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of a ball of floss silk attached to his spur, and that, coming near him unperceived, she took up the ball, and the king walked on, the silk unwound, and thus the queen traced him to a thicket in the labyrinth or maze of the park, where he disappeared. She kept the matter secret, often revolv-ing in her own mind in what company he could meet with balls of silk. " Soon after, the king left Woodstock for a distant jour-ney ; then Queen Eleanor, bearing this discovery in mind, searched the thicket in the park, and found a low door cunningly concealed ; this door she had forced, and found it was the entrance to a winding subterranean path, which led out at a distance to a sylvan lodge, in the most retired part of the adjacent forest." Here the queen found in a bower a young lady of incomparable beauty, busily engaged in embroidery. Queen Eleanor then easily guessed how balls of silk attached themselves to King Henry's spurs. . Whatever was the result of the interview between Elea-nor and Rosamond, it is certain that the queen neither de-stroyed her rival by sword nor poison, though in her rage it is possible that she might threaten both. The body of Rosamond was buried at Godstow, near Ox-ford, a little nunnery among the rich meadows of Evenlod. King John thought proper to raise a tomb to the memory of Rosamond ; it was embossed with fair brass, having an inscription about its edges, in Latin, to this effect, " This tomb doth here enclose The world's most beauteous rose Rose passing sweet erewhile, Now nought but odor vile." Queens of England. NOTE FFF.—PAGE 185. "Imprisonment of Queen Eleanor."—Queen Eleanor, whose own frailties had not made her indulgent to those of others, offended by the repeated infidelities of the king, stirred up her sons, Richard and Geoffrey, to make demands similar to that of their brother, and persuaded them, when NOTES. 479


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