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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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MEMOIRS OF LOUIS IX. KING OF PRANCE, (COMMONLY CALLXD SAINT LOUIS.) BY JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE, HIGH SSNKSCBAL OV CBAMf ΑΟΧΊΒ. FIRST PART. THI S holy man, King St. Louie, loved and feared God during his life above all things, and, as is very apparent, was in consequence favoured in all bis works. As I have before said that our God died for bis people, so in like manner did St. Louis several times risk bis life and incur the greatest dangers for the people of his realm, as shall be touched on hereafter. The good king, being once dangerously ill at Fontainebleau, said to my Lord Louis, bis eldest son,* " Fair son, I beseech thee to make thyself beloved by the people of thy kingdom ; for, in truth, I should like better tbat a Scotsman, t fresh from Scotland, or from any other distant and unknown country, should govern the subjects of my realm well and * He was horn in the year 1244, and died when sixteen years old, in 1260. f I know not if the lord de Joinville bere speaks of the Scots as of a people very distant from France, and who inhabited what was called the Ultima Thule, or whether he wished to mark the character of this nation, which delighted so much in travelling to different countries, that there was scarcely a kingdom wherein great numbers of them were not to be found. This is noticed by Walfridus Strabo in the forty-sixth chapter of the second book of his Life of St. Gall. Owing to this love of emigrating, we read that in almost every part of France there were hospitals founded for them, of which mention is made in the capitularies of Charles le Chauve, tit. 6 and 23 ; in Synodo Meld. cap. 14, and in the charter of the foundation of the abbey of Walconrt, in the diocese of Namur, published by Mirarne in Diplom. Belg. lib. 2, cap. 22. See also, ott this subject, Innocent. Ciron. lib. 1 ; Observât. Jur. Canon, cap. 13.


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