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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 152



of the country likewse were unwilling to consent to this, and cited to him the example of King Philip, who, when he departed from Acre on hie return to France, left the command of his whole army to Hugh, duke of Burgundy, grandfather to the duke lately deceased.* In those times, and when Duke Hugh of Burgundy and King Richard of England were residing in Acre, they received intelligence that they might take Jerusalem on the morrow, if they pleased; for that a large army of knights from Egypt was gone to the assistance of the sultan of Damascus, in his war at Nessa against the sultan o f that place. The duke of Ôurgundy and the king were soon prepared to march thither; and when they had divided their army, the king of England led the first battalion, followed by the duke of Burgundy, and by such of the king of France's army as bad remained after his departure. But when they were near to Jerusalem, and on the point of taking it, intelligepce came from the duke of Burgundy's division, that he had turned back merely out of envy, and to prevent its being said, that the English had taken Jerusalem. As this intelligence was discussing, one of the king of England's officers cried out, "Sire, sire, only come hither, and I will shew you Jerusalem." But the king, throwing down his arms, said with tears, and with hands uplifted to heaven, " Ah ! Lord God, I pray thee that I may never see thy holy city of Jerusalem, since things thus happen, and since I cannot deliver it from the hands of thine enemies." This example was laid before the king St. Louis, because he was the greatest monarch in Christendom; and if he should perform a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, without delivering it from the enemies of God, every other king, who might wish to make a similar pilgrimage, would think he had * Henry III., duke of Burgundy, father to Duke Eudes 111., and grandfather to Duke Hugh IV., died in the year 1272. Sanuto, 1. 3, part 10, ch. 6, seems to speak of the retreat of the duke of Burgundy with less bitterness than the lord de Join ville ; for he says, that as the Christians were advancing towards Jerusalem, the duke represented to the French, that the whole flower of French chivalry was in bis battalion ; whereas King Richard had but few in number, to whom, nevertheless, the honour of the victory would be given, which would be to the disadvantage and shame of France.


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