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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 176



red-hot iron, and he was little able to bear such an operation, if he could banish from hie kingdom all blasphemies and swearings. I have been constantly with him for twenty-two years, but never in my life, for all the passions I have seen him in, did I hear him swear or blaspheme God, his holy mother, or any of the saints. When he wished to affirm any thing, he said, u " Truly it is so ;" or, In truth, it is not so." It was very clear that on no earthly consideration would he deny his God; for when the sultan and admirals of Egypt wanted to make that the condition, should he break the treaty, he would never consent ; and when he was told this was the last proposal of the Turks, he replied, that he would rather die than commit such a crime. I never beard him name or mention the word devil,* if it was not in some book that made it necessary ; and it is very disgraceful to the princes and kingdom of France to suffer it, and hear the name ; for you will see that in any dispute one will not say three words to another in abuse, but he will add, " Go to the devil," or other bad words. Now it is very shocking thus to send man or woman to the devil, when they are b y baptism become the creatures of God. In my castle of Joinville, whoever makes use of this word is instantly buffeted, and the frequency of bad language is abolished there. The holy king once asked me if I washed the feet of the poor on Thursday before Easter. I said I did not, for that I did not think it very becoming such a person as I was. The good king instantly replied, 4 Ah, Lord de Joinville, you ought not to disdain nor think unbecoming that which God has done for our example, when he washed the feet of his apostles, he who was their Lord and Master. I believe you would very unwillingly perform what the king of England, now with us, * Our first Christians, and the devout who served God, held the devil in such abhorrence, as the enemy of mankind, that they were scrupulous even of naming him. It is for this reason that we find the fathers of the church have affected to call him the wicked one, by simply naming him Malus. Several imagine that this is understood in the words of the Lord's prayer, 1 1 Deliver us from evil.1 1 St. Chrysostom thinks so, with Euthymius, Theophylactes, Origen, and others, on this prayer. Our ancient poets call him almost always Maufez, because he does evil, and is the author of it ; or because he is deformed and ill made, whence we have the word mauvais at present in use.


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