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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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whole life of this good king, as I have indited it. On the sermon being ended, the king and his brothers carried the corpse of their father* to the church of St Denis, assisted bj * His head was afterwards separated and carried to the holy chapel in Paris. ' Guillaume Guiart, as well aa Louis Lasseré, says, that tins translation took place in the year 1306. The MS . chronicle, before quoted, which ends with the rear 1322, says it took place the précédais; year. " In this year, the head and one of the ribs of St. Lotus were Drought to Paris, without the chin and grams, by King Philip, attended by numbers of prelates and barons, with the permission of tbe sovereign pontiff. The rib was placed in the church of Notre Dame, in Paris, and the head in the king's chapel, on the Tuesday preceding Japhe." Among the chattels which had personally belonged to St. Louis, and which our kings most carefully preserved as relics, were his missal and his cap of gold, out of which, from respect to him, no one afterward drank. In the account of the disbursements of the queen's household from the 25th December, 1329, to the 8th of April, 1330, is the following : — " Expenses of the chapels. To the almoner, for baring bound and cased the missal that had belonged to our lord St. Louis, 20 limes." In the inventory of the furniture of King Louis Hutm, which is in a roll m 41 the Chamber of Accounts : This is the inventory of the buttery, & c Item, the golden cup of St. Louis, out of which no one drinks." It is to be remarked, that from the time this great monarch was enrolled among the saints, our kings, his successors, have chosen him for the protector of their sacred persons and their kingdom. This is the title which Charles VIII. gives him, in letters of mortmain issued at Pont de Cé in the month of April, 1487, the original of winch was com 44 municated to me by M. d'Herouval. By and at the request and prayer of his uncle and cousin, the duke of Bourbonnois and Auvergne, constable of Prance, explaining, that m the year 1450, being then lieutenant-general of the county and duchy of Normandy for King Charles VII. , he had an engagement with the English, the ancient enemies of the crown of France, in a field near to the village of Formigny, in the diocese of Bay eux, in which engagement God gave him the victory, so that the English were defeated, which occasioned the reduction of the whole duchy and county of Normandy to the obedience of the said king. For mis victory the duke, willing to render bis thanks to God, vowed to erect and dedicate, in the aforesaid field where the victory was won, a chapel to the honour of my lord St. Louie, our ancient progenitor and protector of the crown of France " (it is the king who speaks), " and to establish two chaplains as vicars, to celebrate a mass daily, and perform such other services as may be thought advisable for the salvation of the souls of those nobles and others who perished in that combat. For the purpose of this foundation, he had bought of Robert de Manoévtile, esquire, lord de la Vigne, the lands and lordship of Colombiers, in the county and viscounty of Bayeux, held from his majesty at 20 livres yearly, as a fief noble, the whole valued at the sum of one hundred livres annual rent, together with a piece of land, containing about three roods, to build and erect the said chapel, which fiefs and land the king, by these letters, grants in mortmain," &c.

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