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JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France

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JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE
Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France
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who again retained him and his knights in his pay : in short, after having been absent on these expeditions the space of seven years, he returned to France with the king. But as this narration would be of considerable length, and as he himself has written the history, I pan it over, and shall only mention some others of his principal actions. On bis return to France, he took leave of the king at Beeucaire, whence, having visited the daaphiness of Vienne his relation, the count de Chalons his uncle, and the count de Bourgogne his cousin-german, he arrived at his castle of Joinville. After residing there some time, he went to Soissons to meet the king, who received him with so much kindness and friendship that the whole court was surprised and became jealous of him. It was about this time that Thibaud II. king of Navarre and count of Champagne, employed him to request of the king; his daughter Isabella ; and this negotiation he managed with so much address and prudence that, in spite of great difficulties, the marriage was concluded, and celebrated at Melon with royal magnificence, in the year 1255. This service, in addition to others, gained him the affections of the king of Navarre, who presented him with many gifts, among which was the donation to him and his heirs, dated January 1258, of all the rights and royalties of the village of Germay, as an augmentation of fief, on condition of paying homage liege. In the following year he subscribed the testament of Ebles de Geneve, son to Humbert count of Geneva, in which, however, «he adds no title to his name, which may cause a doubt whether this John de Joinville, or de Genville, as he is called, be our sfswwchal. He was, afterward, almost constantly at the court of the king of Navarre, his lord, and accompanied him, in the year 1267, when this prince did homage to the bishop of Langres for the towns of Bar sur Aube, Bar sur 8eine, and some others, which he held under the church, in presence of William lord de Graneey, Renier Vitardore, and Eustache de Gonfiane, marshals of Champagne, and other lords of that country. The king, St. Louis, having convoked at Paris all bis barons, on the subject of a new crusade, summoned thither the lord de Joinville, at that time suffering under a quartan ague. On bis arrival, the king, and Thibaud king of Navarre, pressed him to put on the cross, and undertake, with them, an expedition to Africa ; but he excused himself on the plea of the poverty and distress of bis subjects and vassals, who had been harshly treated by the exactions made on them by the king of France's officers during his former expedition. He acted sometime afterward as president in the extraordinary assemblies and assises held at Troyes, as the person best qualified, in the year 1271. During the journey which was made to Arragon in 1283, by King Philip the Hardy, who bad the wardship of Jane queen of Navarre and countess of Champagne, sole daughter to King Henry, be was appointed by him governor and guardian of that country. He was present likewise at the assises of Champagne in the years 1291 and 1296 ; and in the year 1303 he is named, with John de Joinville lord of Ancerville, Anseau de Joinville, and other great barons of France and Champagne, in the summons of Philip the Fair to meet him at Arras the 5th of August, and attend him in his war against Flanders. He was also one of the lords and barons of Champagne, who formed a


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