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JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France
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the king's cabin were obliged to be destroyed ; and so high was the wind, that no one dared stay therein for fear of being blown overboard. The queen came into the king's chamber, thinking to meet him there, but found only Sir Gilles le Brun, constable of France, and myself, who were lying down. On seeing her, I asked what she wished. She said, she wanted the king, to beg he would make some vows to God and his saints, that we might be delivered from this storm, for that the sailors had assured her we were in the greatest danger of being drowned. I replied to her,—44 Madam, vow to make a pilgrimage to my lord Saint Nicholas, at Varengeville, and I promise you that God will restore us in safety to France." 4 4 Ah ! 441 seneschal," answered she, am afraid the king will not permit me to make this pilgrimage for the accomplishment of my vow." 4 4 At least, then, madam, promise him, that if God shall restore you in safety to France, you will give him a silver ship of the value of five marcs, for the king, yourself, and your children ; and if you shall do this, I assure you that, at the entreaties of St. Nicholas, God will grant you a successful voyage ; and I vow for myself, that, on my return to Join ville, I will make a pilgrimage to his shrine barefooted." Upon this, she made a vow of a silver ship to St. Nicholas, and demanded that I would be hei pledge for her due performance of it, to which I assented. She shortly after came to us, to say that God, at the intercession of St Nicholas, had delivered us from this peril. On the queen's return to France, she caused the ship to be made that she had vowed, and had introduced in it the king, herself, her three children, with the sailors, mast and steerage, all of silver, and the ropes of silver thread. This ship she sent me with orders to convey it to the shrine of my lord Saint Nicholas, which I did. I saw it there a long time afterward, when we conducted the king's sister to the emperor of Germany. W e will return to our principal subject, and continue the account of our voyage home. When the king perceived we had escaped from these two perils, he rose from a bench of the vessel, and said to me,—4 4 Now see, seneschal, if God has not clearly manifested his great power, when by a blast of one

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