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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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orders were necessary. At last it was given np to the Mussulinen, after having remained eleven months in the hands of the enemy. Tbe king paid four hundred thousand pieces of gold, as well for his own ransom as for that of the queen, his brother, and the other lords that had accompanied him. All the Franks that had been made prisoners during the reigns of the sultans Hadil-Kamil, Salih-Nedjm-Eddin, and Touran-Chah, obtained their liberty : they amounted to twelve thousand one hundred men and ten women. The king, with all the French, crossed to the westward branch of the Nile, and embarked on a Saturday for Acre.* The poet, Essahib-Giémal-Edden-Ben-Matroub made, on the departure of this prince, the following verses : " Bear to the king of France, when you shall see him, these words, traced by a partisan of truth : The death of the servants of the Messiah has been the reward given to you by God. " You have landed in Egypt, thinking to take possession of it You have imagined that it was only peopled with cowards ! you who are a drum filled with wind. " You thought that the moment to destroy the Mussulmen was arrived ; and this false idea has smoothed, in your eyes, every difficulty. "B y your excellent conduct, you have abandoned your soldiers on the plains of Egypt, and the tomb has gaped under their feet " What now remains of the seventy thousand who accompanied you ? Dead, wounded, and prisoners ! " May God inspire you often with similar designs ! They will cause the ruin of all Christians, and Egypt will have no longer to dread any thing from their rage. " Without doubt, your priests announced victories to you : their predictions were false. " Refer yourselves to a more enlightened oracle. " Should the desire of revenge urge you to return to Egypt, be assured the house of Lokman still remains, that the chain is ready prepared, and the eunuch awake."t Great rejoicings were made at Cairo and throughout Egypt, * 7th May, 1250. Joinville says the Saturday after Ascension day. t The poet, in this statua, alludes to the prison of St. Louis and the eunuch who guarded him.

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