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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
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ha d entrusted us. Such conduct, you may be assured, will induce him, when once master of the castle and fortresses of Da m ietta, to have us arrested and put to death in his prisons, through fear that in process of time we may take our revenge OD him ; as his grandfather did to the admiral and the others who had made the counte de Bar and de Montfort prisoners. It will be therefore more to our advantage that we destroy him before he escape out of our hands." This was unanimously assented to ; and they instantly went to practise with the band of the Hauleca, who, as I have said before, are those who have the guard of the sultan's person. They made to them remonstrances on the subject similar to those which they had made among themselves, and required of them to slay the sultan, which they promised to do. One day the sultan invited the knights of the Hauleca to dine with him. After the dinner, when he had taken leave of his admirals, and was about to retire to his chamber, one of these knights, who bore the sultan's sword, struck him a blow on the hand, which cut up bis arm between the four fingers. The sultan, turning to his admirals, who had been the instigators of it, said, " My lords, I make my complaint to you against the knights of the Hauleca, who have endeavoured to kill me, as you may see by my hand." They all replied, that it was much better he should be slain than that he murder them, as he would assuredly do if once in possession of the fortresses of Damietta. The conspirators acted with great caution, for they ordered the sultan's trumpets and nacaires to sound for the assembling of the army to know the sultan's wilL The admirals and their accomplices told them, Damietta was taken, that the sultan was marching thither, and ordered tbem to arm and follow him. Instantly all armed, and set off, full gallop, towards Damietta. We were much frightened, on noticing what was going forward, for we really believed Damietta had been stormed. The sultan, though wounded, being aware of the malice of hie enemies, who had conspired against his person, fled to the high tower near his chamber which I mentioned ; for those of the Hauleca had already destroyed his other pavilions, and were surrounding that in which he had hidden himself. Within this tower were three of his ecclesiastics, who had dined

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