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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin


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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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 150

the shame of seeing it pass under the laws of Mohammed. And if more were wanted to urge on the enthusiasm of the people, Constantinople was rich beyond all other cities of the world ; her riches should be freely lavished upon her defenders ; her daughters were fairer than the daughters of the West ; their love should be the reward of those who fought against the Infidels. The pope received the letters, and held a council, first at Plaisance, then at Clermont (1094). His speech at the latter council has been variously given ; four or five reports of it remain, all evidently written long after the real speech had been delivered ; all meant to contain what the pope ought to have said ; and all, as appears to us, singularly cold and artificial. The council began by renewing the Peace of God ; by placing under the protection of the Church all widows, orphans, merchants, and labourers ; by proclaiming the inviolability of the sanctuary; and by decreeing that crosses erected by the wayside, should be a refuge against violence. And at its tenth sitting, the council passed to what was its real business, the consideration of Peter's exhortations and the reading of the letters of the patriarch Simeon and the emperor Alexis. Peter spoke first, narrating, as usual, the sufferings of the pilgrims. Urban followed him. And when he had finished, with one accord the voices of the assembled council shouted, " Dieu le veut ! Dieu le veut !" " Yes," answered the pontiff, " God wills it, indeed ! Behold how our Lord fulfils his own words, that where two or three are gathered together in his name He will be in the midst. He it is who has inspired these words. Let them be for you your only war-cry." Adhémar, Bishop of Puy, begged to be the first to take the vow of the Crusade. Other bishops followed. Baymond, Count of Toulouse, first of the laity, swore to conduct his men to Palestine, and then the knights and barons followed in rapid succession. Urban declined himself to lead the host, but

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