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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 30



372 JOINVILLE'S MEMOIRS OF SAINT LOUIS IX. £PT. U. Of the wife of my beforesaid lord, Sir Ayrart de Brienne, I will not say more at present, but speak of the queen ot Cyprus,* because it Is right to continue my subject properly, and thus proceed. After the good king had conquered the count of Brittany, through the aid of Count Thibaut de Champagne, the barons of France, indignant against Count Thibaut, agreed among themselves to disinherit him, as being a son of the second son of Champagne, and to send for the queen of Cyprus. This, however, did not seem to them to be for their advantage ; and for this reason, and because some of the barons foreseeing they could not accomplish their ends, undertook to be mediators of a peace between Count Peter of Brittany and Count Thibaut of Champagne, the matter was so warmly pushed forward, that for greater solidity of peace, Count Thibaut promised to espouse the daughter of Count Peter of Brittany,t A day was fixed on for this ceremony, when the young lady was to be conducted to an abbey belonging to the Preaching Friars near Château Thierry, called Valsene, when the count of Champagne was to marry her. Aud thus, as I have heard, the count of Brittany set out attended by the barons of France, who were almost all his relatione, to conduct the damsel to the monastery of Valrerry, and sent to summon the count of Champagne, then at Château Thierry, to come and marry the lady, according to his engagement, which he was well inclined to do. But suddenly there came to him Sir Geoffrey de la Chappelle bringing letters from the king, the contents of which were as follows. " Sir Thibaut de Champagne,—I have learnt that you have entered into engagements to marry the daughter of the count Peter of Brittany. I therefore send to require of you, that for the sake of all you love in France, you do not perform them. The reason of my desiring it is well known to you : I have never found any one more willing to do me evil than the count of Brittany." When Count Thibaut had read these letters, although he had left Château Thierry, he instantly returned thither. Alicia, eldest daughter of Henry, count of Champagne, by the queen of Jerusalem. f Joland, who was afterward married to Hugh XI. , count de la Marcha et d'Angoulême.


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