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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 160



Daring this time, being one day in the presence of the king, I asked his leave to make a pilgrimage to our lad y of Tortosa, which was then very mach in request. Great numbers of pilgrims went thither daily, for it was said to have been the first altar erected in honour of the mother of God. Our Lady performed there many wonderful miracles; and one in particular on a poor man that was a demoniac, having lost his senses, for he was possessed by a wicked spirit It happened, that one day he was brought to this altar of our Lady at Tortosa ; and as his friends who had brought him were praying to our Lady to cure him, and restore his senses, the devil whom the poor creature had in his body replied, " Our Lady is not here bat in Egypt, whither she is gone to aid the king of France and the Christians, who land this day on the Holy Land, to make war on the Pagans, who are on horseback to receive them.** What the devil had uttered was put down in writing ; and when it was brought to the legate, who was with the king of France, he said to me that it was on that very day we had arrived in Egypt ; and I am sure the good Lady Mary was of the utmost service to us. The king very readily gave me leave to make this pilgrim age, and at the same time charged me to buy for him a hun dred-weight of different coloured camlets, which he was desirous to give to the Cordeliers on. his return to France. From this, I guessed that it would not be long before he set out on his return thither. When I arrived at Triple,* the end of my pilgrimage, I made my offerings to God, and to our Lady of Tortosa, and afterward bought the camlets according to the king's orders. My knights, seeing me thus occupied, asked what I intended doing with so many camlets. I induced them to believe that I made these purchases to gain a profit from reselling them. The prince of that country, hearing of our arrival, and knowing that I was come from the king's army, gave us a most honourable reception, and offered us magnificent pre sents. We returned him our most humble thanks, but would accept of nothing but a few relics, which I brought to the king with his camlets. * Qy. Tripoli.


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