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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.


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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Queens of England. Vol.1.
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Vesci were conveying her in their arms from the apartment, she shrieked and struggled violently, which so annoyed her brother-in-law, Prince Edmund, that he told her, in tones of anger, " It was better that she should cry her eyes out for the anguish about to be sufFered by her husband, than that all England should mourn tor his death." Although fifteen days after undergoing the painful operations, Edward was sufficiently well to take a short ride on horseback, it was only through the attention of an affectionate wife, and the aid of a robust constitution, that he was restored to perfect health. The pleasing story of Eleanora having on this occasion sucked the poison from Edward's wounds is without foundation, as contemporary chroniclers, by whom the scene has been minutely detailed, have made no allusion to it. Whilst yet in delicate health, Prince Edward made his will. His fellowcrusader, John of Brittany, he named as guardian to his children and to their inheritance, should he die before they were of age. lie richly dowered Eleanora, and named her " our dearly beloved wife," but he neither nominated her as guardian to the realms, nor her children. During her tarry at Acre, Eleanora gave birth to two daughters. One was born in 1271, of whom nothing whatever is known excepting that she was horn and died. The other, Joanna of Acre, was brought into the world in the spring of 1272. As Edward's army was greatly reduced by sickness and desertion, and no other crusaders arrived to his aid, he concluded a truce with the Sultan for ten years, ten months, ten weeks, and ten days, and returned to Europe with honour. At Trapani he received a pressing invitation to visit Home, from Gregory the Tenth, that Pope who, with the title of Archbishop of Liege, bad attended Edward and his consort in their crusade, but whom the Cardinals at Viterbo had recalled to fill the papal chair. Whilst the royal pair were, travelling through Sicily, where Edward was received with all the honour due to a champion of the Cross, they received the sorrowful tidings, that their promising heir, Prince John, who had just entered his seventh year, had, after a short illness, died on the first of August, 1272. Immediately after this unpleasant news had reached them, another messenger brought them word that Henry the Third had breathed his last. Edward and Eleanora bore the loss of their little prince with firmness and resignation, but the mournful news of the death of his royal sire so affected the Prince, that overcome by bitter anguish, he wept like a child, and remained in deep dejection for several days. When asked by his uncle, the King of Sicily, why he boro the loss of his boy with calm resignation, and yet gave way to overwhelming grief for the death of his aged parent, he replied :— "God may replace the loss of a child by another, but the loss of a good father is final and irreparable." From Sicily, Edward and Eleanora proceeded to Kome, and were affectionately received and entertained with great pomp by their friend, Gregory the Tenth, in their journey through Italy, they were everywhere hailed with joyous welcomes; the enthusiastic inhabitants biholding in Edward the champion of Christianity, and the martyr of the cross. In the neighbourhood of Savoy, a body of English prelates and nobles met them and hailed them as the King and Queen of England. On reaching Paris, Edward did homage to the Ereneh King for the lands he held by right of ttie crown of France. From Paris he found it expedient to hasten to Guienne, to put an end to some disorders that existed there. Having heard that all was peaceable in England, he and his consort did not hasten home, but passed about a twelvemonth in Prance. Whilst in Gascony, Eleanora gave birth to her third son, Alphonse, on the twenty-fourth of November, 1273. About the same time, Edward and Eleanora narrowly escaped death by lightning. During a terrific thunderstorm, the electricity struck the palace

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