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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 166



had proposed ; but the king called the captains again to him, and asked them, on the faith and loyalty which they owed him, whether, if the ship were their own, and full of merchandise, they would quit it They all said they would not ; for that they would prefer risking their lives to the loss of such a vessel, which would cost them from forty to fifty thousand livres. " Why then," said the king, " do you advise me to quit her ? " They replied,—" Sire, you and we are two different sorts of things ; for there is no sum, however great, that can be had in compensation for the loss of yourself, the queen, and your three children; and we will never advise that you should put yourself in such risk." " Now," said the king, " I will tell you what I think of the matter. Suppose I quit this ship, there are five or six hundred persons on board, who will remain in the island of Cyprus for fear of the danger that may happen to them should they stay on board ; and there is not," added the king, "one among them who is more attached to his own person, than I am myself, and if we land they will lose all hopes of returning to their own country. I therefore declare, I will rather put myself, the queen, and my children, in this danger, under the good providence of God, than make such numbers of people suffer as are now with me." The great mischief that would have happened, if the king had landed, was very apparent, from what befel that puissant knight Sir Olivier de Termes, who was on board the king's ship. Sir Olivier was one of the bravest knights, and most enterprising men of all I was acquainted with in the Holy Land; he was, however, afraid of remaining on board, and therefore went on shore ; but, rich and mighty as he was, he met with so, many difficulties, that it was upwards of a year and a half before he could again rejoin the king. Now, if so rich a man found so many difficulties, what would the number of inferior personages have done, who could not have money to defray their expenses and support themselves ? After God had saved us from this peril, near the island of Cyprus, another befel us ; for there arose so violent a storm, that in spite of all our efforts we were driven back again to the same island, after we had long left it The sailors cast four anchors in vain, for the vessel could not be stopped until they had thrown out the fifth, which held. AU the partitions of


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