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


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France
page 66

W e immediately hastened thither, and good need was there ; for as the knight had said, so it was. W e extinguished the fire with much labour and difficulty ; for the Saracens, in the mean time, kept up so brisk a shooting from the opposite bank, that we were covered with arrows and bolts. The count of Anjou, brother to the king, guarded these castles during the day, and annoyed the Saracen army with hie cross-bows. It was ordered by the king, that after the count of Anjou should have finished his daily guard, we, and others of my company, should continue it during the night We suffered much pain and uneasiness ; for the Turks had already broken and damaged our tandies and defences. Once these Turkish traitors advanced their perriere in the daytime, when the count d'Anjou had the guard, and had brought together all their machines, from which they threw Greek fires on our dams, over the river, opposite to our tandies and defences, which completely prevented any of the workmen from shewing themselves; and our two chaschateile were in a moment destroyed and burnt. The count d'Anjou was almost mad at seeing this ; for they were under his guard, and like one out of his senses, wanted to throw himself into the fire to extinguish it, whilst I and my knights returned thanks to God ; for if they had delayed this attack to the night, we must have all been burnt The king, on hearing what had happened, made a request to each of hie barons, that they would give him as much of the largest timbers* from their ships that were on the coast as they could spare, and have them transported to where the army lay ; for there was not any timber near fit to make use of. After the king had made this request, they all aided him to the utmost ; and before the new chas-chateils were finished, the timber employed was estimated to be worth upwards of 10,000 livres. You may guess from this that many boats were destroyed, and that we were then in the utmost distress. When the chas-chateils were completed, the king would not have them fixed, or pointed, until the count of Anjou resumed the guard: he then ordered that they should be * Materials of beams of wood.

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