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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 144



were become the allies of bis enemies in Egypt, and that a day was appointed for the ratification of the treaties at Jauk, he sent upwards of 20,000 Turks to guard the passes ; bnt this did not prevent the king from putting himself in motion to march to Jaffa. When the count of Jaffa learnt that the king was comings he put his castle into such a good state, that it resembled a well-defended town : at each bulwark of his castle were posted 50 0 men, each with a target and penoncel with his arms. It was a beautiful sight to see ; for his arms were of fine gold, with a cross-patée gules, richly worked. We encamped on the plain, near to this castle of Jafia, which was situated on an island near the sea-shore ; and the king began to fortify and enclose a village adjacent to the castle, wherever the shore would permit it The king, by way of encouraging his workmen, said to them, " I have more than once carried the hod myself to gain a pardon/* The admirals of Egypt were afraid to advance, on account of the passes being so well guarded by the sultan of Damascus : however, they sent to the king all the heads of the Christiane that had been exposed on the walls of Cairo, in compliance with the demand which he had made for them. Those heads he caused to be buried in consecrated ground. They likewise sent him all the children they had detained, and whom they had forced to abjure their faith to God, together with an elephant, which last the king had transported to France. As the king and his whole army were lying before Jaffa, fortifying themselves against those in the castle, news was brought the king that the army of the sultan of Damascus bad taken the field, and was in ambush waiting to attack him ; and that one of their admirals had advanced to reap and despoil the corn of a Karet, within three leagues of the army. The king instantly sent thither to reconnoitre, and followed in person ; but the admiral no sooner saw us appear than he took to flight, pursued by some of our men full gallop. A young gentleman of our army came up with them, and gallantly unhorsed two Turks with the point of his lance, without breaking it The admiral perceiving that this gentle man was alone, turned about, but he received such a stroke from him with his spear as wounded him desperately in the body, when the young man returned to the army.


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