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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 154



496 JOINVILLE'S MEMOIRS OF SAINT LOUIS IX. fPT. II. both within and without. There were three gates, one of which the legate was ordered to build, as well as the wall that connected it with the next gate. To form some estimate of what the king's expenses might haye been, I was once asked by the legate how much I thought the gate and wall he had erected cost him. When I replied that I estimated the gate at five hundred livree, and the wall three hundred, he told me I was very far from the amount, and added, that as God might help him, the gate and wall had cost him full thirty thousand livres. W e may guess from this sum how great was the expense for the remainder. When the king had finished the fortifications of Jafia, he was desirous of doing the same to Sajecte, and repairing its walls, to put it in a similar state to what it had been in before the Saracens destroyed it. In consequence, he gave orders for the march of the army thither on the festival of St Peter and St Paul While the king and his army were before the castle of Asur, he summoned his council in the evening, and told them he was very anxious to take from the Salacene the city of Naples, which is called in the Holy Scriptures Samaria. The Knights Templars, barons and admirals of the country, advised him to it, as what he was in duty bound to debut added, that he ought not personally to expose himself there, for fear of any unfortunate accident, saying that if he were made prisoner or killed, the whole country would be lost The king replied, that he would not allow his army to march thither without his accompanying it, and from this disagreement the enterprise was no more thought of. W e continued our march along the sands to Acre, where the king and his whole army were lodged that night On the morrow, a great troop of Armenians, who were on their pilgrimage to Jerusalem, came to me, and entreated, through a Latin interpreter, that as I was about the kings person, I would shew them the good king Louis. I went to the king, and told him that a large body of people, from Upper Armenia, going to Jerusalem, were very desirous to see him. He burst into laughter, and bade me bring them to him. I instantly obeyed, and they followed


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