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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 

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Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France
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-A.D. 1250, &C ] JOINT!LLE ADT18E8 THE KING TO STAT. 465 rule, in préférence to that of the whole French council." But to this I made not any reply. The tables were soon after laid for dinner, and the king, who had usually made me sit down near him when his brothers were absent, and during the repasts had conversed with me, did not now open his lips, nor even turn his face toward me. I then thought he was displeased with me for having said that he had not employed his own money, when he had expended such very large sums. After he had said grace, and returned thanks to God for hie dinner, I retired to a window near the head of the kings bed, and, passing m y hand through the grating, remained there musing. I said to myself, that if the king should now return to France, I would go to the prince of Antioch,* who was a relation of mine. While I was thus meditating, the king leant on my shoulders, and held my head between his hands. I thought it was Sir Philip de rfemours, who had been fretting me all the day for the advice which I had given the king, and said to him, 4 4 Sir Philip, do leave me quiet in my misfortune." As I turned round, the king covered my face with his hands, and I then knew it was the king from an emerald on his finger. I wished to make some reparation, as one that had improperly spoken ; but the king made me be silent, and continued, 4 4 Now, lord de Join ville, tell me how you, who are so young a man, could have the courage to advise me to remain in these countries contrary to the opinion of all my greatest nobles?" I replied, that if I had advised him well, he should follow it; if the contrary, he ought not to think morq on what I had said. 4 4 And will you remain with me, if I should stay ?" 44 44 Yes, certainly," answered I, were it at my own or at another's expense." The king said, that he was pleased with the advice I had given, but ordered me to tell this to no one. 1 was so rejoiced that whole week with what he had told me, that I was insensible to my illness, and defended myself boldly against the other lords when they attacked me. You must know, in these countries the peasant is called * Boëmond V· , prince of Antioch, and count of Tripoly, who died in the jeer 1261. 2 H

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