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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
page 29



A.B. 1226-40.]] TERROR INSPIRED BT RICHARD'S NAME. 371 Immediately after the capture, King Philip returned to France, for which he was greatly blamed. King Richard remained in Palestine, and performed very great feats of arms against the unbelievers and Saracens. They were so much in dread of him, that, as it is written in the history of this expedition to the Holy Land, whenever Saracen children cried, their mothers said to them, "B e quiet, be quiet; here is King Richard* coming to fetch yon;" and, instantly, through the fear which these Saracen children had of the name of King Richard, they became quiet In like manner, when the Saracens or Turks were riding in the fields, and their horses started at a bush or shadow, and took fright, they said to their horses, sticking spurs into their sides, " What, dost think lung Richard is there?" All this clearly proves that he performed grand deeds of arms against them, to make him so much dreaded This King Richard gained so great renown by his valour that he gave to Count Henry of Champagne, who, as I have before said, had remained with him, the queen of two daughters, the elder of whom was queen of Cyprus, and the other was married to Sir Ayrart de Brienne, from whom a noble progeny descended, as is apparent in France, and in Champagne, t * Raoul de Coggeshall, whose manuscript is in the library of S t Victor at Paris, Matthew Paris, John Brompton, and other English historians of the rear 1172 ; Jacques de Vitry, L 1, ch. 99 ; Ssnudo, L 3, part 11, oh. 1 ; Le Moine de Saint Marian d'Auxerre, and others, speak most smply of the great actions and deeds of arms of King Richard I. in the Holy Land ; but they hare all omitted this circumstsnce mentioned by the lord de Joinville, who has taken it, as he says himself, from the history of the holy wars written in the vulgar tongue, which I have read in manuscript, and which relates the same thing in these terms :— " From whence it happened, &c , King Richard was so feared in the country that whenever a Saracen mother perceived her children crying, she said to them, ' Do NOT ΜΛΧΧ A NOISE, roa HBBS IS KING RICHARD !' and he waa so dreaded that the children gave over crying instantly." Matthew of Westminster relates that in the year 1240, when Richard earl of Cornwall arrived in the Holy Land, the Saracens began to dread. exceedingly the experience and power of Richard, as well because his name had always been held up as that of the bitter enemy of the Saracens, as because he abounded in gold and silver. f See the list of nobles who went on the expedition to the Holy Land; ch. 1, Vignier ; Du Chesne, in the histories of the families of Ch&tillon and of Bethune. 2 Β 2


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