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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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Egyptians, nor with those of Damascus. W e set ont, and through the mercy of God, arrived in the evening at Sur without any accident or hiuderance. Soon after the patriarchs and barons of the country who had for a length of time attended on the king, seeing that he had endosed Sajecte with high walls and large towers, and that the ditches were well cleansed within and without, waited on him to render him their most humble thanks and praise for the great good and the honour he had conferred on Palestine ; for he had rebuilt, from the ground, Sajecte, CsBsarea, Jaffa, and had greatly strengthened the city of Acre with high walls and towers. They addressed him as follows : 4 t Sire, we perceive very clearly that your stay with us cannot be much prolonged, with any kind of profit to the kingdom of Jerusalem. W e would therefore advise you to go to Acre, where you may make your preparations for departure during this ensuing Lent, so that you may secure a safe passage to France." The king followed their counsel and went to Sur, whither we had escorted the queen and his family, and at the be ginning of Lent we all arrived at Acre. During the whole of Lent, the king was making his fleet ready for his return to France, which consisted of fourteen ships and galleys. On the vigil of St. Mark, after Easter, the king and queen embarked on board their ship, and put to sea, having a favourable wind for their departure. The king told me he was born on St. Mark's day ; and I replied, that he might well say he had been born again on St. Mark's day, in thus escaping from such a pestilent land, where he had remained so long. On the Saturday following, we arrived at the island of Cyprus; and there was a mountain hard by the island, called the Mountain of the Cross, which marked at a great distance the situation of the island. On this Saturday, about vespers, there came on such a thick fog from the land that our sailors thought themselves at a greater distance from the shore than they were, for they lost sight of this mountain ; and it happened, that as they were eager to reach the shore, they struck on the extremity of a sandbank which was clear of the island : fortunately it was so. for had we not struck on this bank, we should have rua

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