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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 134



were made prisoners. They were likewise to send him all children whom they had taken when young, and had forced to deny the Christian religion and believe in their faith ; and, beside these two articles, they were to send an acquittance for the 200,000 livres which were still owing to them. The king ordered Sir John de Vallance to return with the ambassadors, on account of his consummate wisdom and valour, to announce this answer to the admirals. About this time the king left Acre, and went to Cesarea with all his people, and had the walls and fortifications of that place repaired, which the Saracens had broken down and destroyed. Caasarea is full twelve leagues from Acre, on the road to Jerusalem. I know not how it happened, except by the will of God, who can do as he lista, but during the year that the king stayed at Cesarea to repair it, no attack was made upon him, nor harm done, to him, nor to the few men-at-arms that were left at Acre. I have before said that ambassadors bad come to the king from the great cham of Tartary during our residence at Cyprus. They assured the king they were come to assist him in the conquest of Jerusalem from the Saracens. The king sent them back, and with them two notable Friars Preachers, who carried as a present to the cham of Tartary a tent in the form of a chapel, the lining of which was of scarlet cloth, embroidered over with the history of our religion ; the Annunciation of the angel Gabriel, the Nativity, the Baptism of our Lord, the Passion, the Ascension, and the Descent of the Holy Ghost The king sent also chalices, books, ornaments, and every thing necessary for saying mass; and, as I have since heard these ambassadors tell the king, they embarked for the port of Antioch, and in going from thence to the place where the cham of Tartary resided, they were occupied for a whole year, travelling ten leagues a day. They found the country through which they passed subject to the Tartars, and saw in different towns on their road large mounds of bones. The ambassadors inquired how they could hare conquered to understand, farther on, that he means the town of Cairo. The Eastern Chronicle also informs us, that the heads of those slain at the battle of Massoura were brought to Cairo, and affixed to the points of lances, on the gate of Zualia, which is a suburb of Cairo.


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