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WILLIAM STUBBS Seventeen lectures on the study of medieval and modern history and kindred subjects


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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Seventeen lectures on the study of medieval and modern history and kindred subjects
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VUI.] ' LIBELLUS DE RECUPERATIONS.' 213 broke, Henry V, and Cardinal Beaufort, all either made the pilgrimage or looked forward to a great crusade. T o Edward I, in ot about 1303, was addressed the very amusing *Libellus de recuperatione Terras Sanctae1,' the work of an ecclesiastical judge in Aquitaine, whose name is unknown, but who speculates like a special correspondent of the. period ; a book which shows, a just sense of the evils which had rendered, the united action of Christendom impossible ; points out ways in which' all political dangers in Europe can be avoided ; stigmatises the crime of war between Christian princes, the ruinous discord between Venice, Pisa, and Genoa, and proposes to_jett]ejthe_military orders_chiefly in Cyprus, and employ them in the recovery of the holy places. Curiously enough, one of the remedial measures proposed by the writer, who is especially strong on the subject of natural science, is that girls should be taught to practise medicine and surgery ; they are to learn grammar, and logic also, natural principles,, and mathematics, but it is that they may qualify as wives for the Oriental princes. But to: return to Cyprus : Edward, as I said, was not the only one of his family who remembered it : Henry III had proposed to the Bishop of Bethlehem, a marriage between his son Edmund and the queen-mother Placentia in 1256; the young king was also to marry one of his daughters". The records however, of both that reign and the next, contain more references to Armenia than to Cyprus; thus in 1260 Alexander IV exhorts Edward, to defend Armenia against the Tartars; in 1280 the Bishop of Hebron, vicegerent of the patriarch, sends the thanks of the Franks, and adds that Armenia and Cyprus have been laid waste by a plague of locusts'; the same intelligence is sent by the master of 1 Printed at the end of the second volume of Bongars' Cesta Dei per Francos. 2 Feed. i. 341. s lb. 402, 586.

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