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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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382 JOINTILLE'S MEMOIBE OF SAINT Lome rx. [FT. Π. νββββΐ to he hired for us at Marseilles, which carried us, our arms and horses. You must know, that before the king left the realm, he summoned all the barons to Paris, and there made them renew their fealty and homage,* and swear loyalty to his children, should any unfortunate event happen to himself during this expedition to the Holy Land. He summoned me also ; but I, who was not his subject, would not take the oath : besides, it was not my intention to remain behind. When I was nearly ready to set out, I sent for the abbot of Cheminon, who was at that time considered as the most discreet man of all the White Monks, to reconcile myself with him. He gave mo my scarf and bound it on me, and likewise put the pilgrim's staff in my hand. Instantly after, I quitted the castle of Joinville without ever re-entering h, until my return from beyond sea. I made pilgrimages to all the holy places in the neighbourhood ; such as Blieconrt, 8 t Urban, and others near to Joinville, on foot without shoes, and .in my. shirt. Sut as I was journeying from Blieoourt to St. Urban, I was obliged to pass near to the castle of Joinville ; I dared never turn my eyes that way for fear of feeling too great regret, and lest my courage should mil on leaving my two fine children and my fair castle of Joinville, which I loved in my heart Being suddenly called upon by the count de Salbruehe, my brother in arms, with our knights and attendants, we went to dine at La Fontaine Archevêque before Dongeux : and there the abbot of St Urban, to whom may God shew mercy ! gave to me and my knights very handsome jewels. W e then took our leave of him, and went straight to Auxonne, where we embarked with our armour on the Sonne for Lyons: our cavalry and war-horses were led along its banks. When we came to Lyons, we embarked on the river Rhône to go to Aries le Blanc. I remember well that on its banks we saw the remains of a castle called La Roche-gluy, which castle the king had caused to be demolished on account of the lord of it, named Roger, having a very ill-famed reputation • The king, Louis VIII. , father to St. Louis, when taken ill of a grievous disorder at Montpensier, of which he died, exacted a similar oath from those barons who were then at court, as the letters of this king inform us. which remain in the cartulary of Champagne, in the Chamber of Accounts at Parìa.

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