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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 113



grievously sick. He did not live three weeks, but died at sea. The king, uneasy at the situation of his brother, was very anxious to pay the 200,000 livres ; and the whole of Saturday and Sunday were employed in it. They paid the monoy according to weight,* and each weighing was to the amount of 10,000 livres. Towards evening of the Sunday, the king's servant, occupied in this payment, sent him word they still wanted 30,000 livree. There were then with the king only the connt d'Anjou, the marshal of France, the roaster of the Trinity and myself, all the rest being engaged in paying the ransom. I said to the king it would be much better to ask the commander and marshal of the Knights Templars to lend him the 30,000 livres to make up the sum, than to risk his brother longer with such people. Father Stephen dOu tri court, master of the Temple, hearing the advice I gave the king, said to me, " Lord de Joinville, the counsel you give the king is wrong and unreasonable ; for you know we receive every farthing on our oath ; and that we cannot make any payments but to those who give us their oaths in return." The marshal of the Temple, thinking to satisfy the king, said, " Sire, don't attend to the dispute and contention of the lord de Joinville and our commander. For it is as he has said ; we cannot dispose of any of the money entrusted to us, bnt for the means intended, without acting contrary to our oaths, and being perjured. Know, that the seneschal has ill-advised you to take by force, should we refuse you a loan; but in this you will act according to your will. Should you, however, do so, we will make ourselves amends from the wealth you have in Acre." When I heard this menace from them to the king, I said to him, that if he pleased I * What Louis Lasseré*, purveyor to the college of Navarre, has introduced in the life of St. Louis, is only a vulgar error ; namely, that when the ransom of the king was fixed at 800,000 golden hesants, there were instantly coined a similar number at Paris from gold which he had exacted from the people, and sent off by Charles, count of Anjou, whom his brother, the king St. Louis, had ordered to return to France expressly for this purpose. It is also another vulgar error, that St. Louis paid for his ransom his weight in gold, and that he put himself into the scales for this purpose, the word baani having caused the mistake.


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