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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 32



374 JOINYILLE'S MEMOIRS OF SAINT LOUIS IX. [PT. it army, for that they were going to fight the count of Champagne, and the duke of Lorraine and their forces, with 300 knights less than were with the count aud the duke of Lorraine. Bot the king replied, that they should no way fight with his Tassais without his being personally engaged in their defence. This answer threw the barone into confusion, and speedily after, they sent again to say, they would cheerfully persuade the queen of Cyprus to offer terms of peace to Count Thibaut of Champagne. The king's answer was, that he would not listen to any proposals for peace, nor suffer the count of Champagne to do so, until they should have quitted the county of Champagne. On hearing this, they instantly marched away, and at one march quartered themselves under Jailli. The king lodged at Ylles, whence he had driven them ; and the barons perceiving the king was so closely pursuing them, they decamped from Juilli, and quartered at Langres, which is in the county of Nevers, and attached to their party. Thus did the good king, St Louis, make up the differences between the queen of Cyprus and the count of Champagne, in spite of the enterprise of the barons; and peace was concluded between them in such wise, that the count of Champagne gave to the queen of Cyprus, for her rights of succession, 2,000 livres of landed annual revenue ; and the king paid her, in behalf of the count of Champagne, the sum of 40,000 livres for the reimbursement of her expenses. To repay these 40,000 livres the count of Champagne sold to the king the following fiefs and lordships ; namely, the fief of the county of Blois ; the fief of the county of Chartres ; the fief of the county of Sancerre ; the fief of the viscounty of Châteaudun. Some said that the king held them only as a security for the repayment, bnt that is not the truth, for I put the question to the good king in Palestine, and he told me he held them by purchase. The lands which the count de Champagne gave to the queen of Cyprus were part of the present county of Brienne and the county of Joigny, because the grandmother of the count de Brienne was daughter to the queen of Cyprus, and wife to the great count, Walter do Brienne. And that you may know whence came the fiefs which the count of Champagne sold to the king, I shall inform you, that the great count Thibaut, who is interred at Laigny, had three sons, the eldest of whom


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