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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
page 187

A.D . 1271.] CANONIZATION OF ST. LOUIS. 520 body,* which was done by the then archbishop of Rheims, and it was borne by Sir Henry de Villiers, archbishop of Lyon, and by several archbishops and bishops, whose names I do not remember. After its translation, Friar John de Semours preached a public sermon. Among the many traits of the life of this holy king which he dwelt upon, was one which I had told him : I mean, his great fidelity to his word ; for, as I have before said, whenever he bad simply given bis word to the Saracens on any subject, there was nothing that conld prevent him from most strictly keeping it, whatever might be the consequences ; nor, for 100,000 livres would he have broken his word. Friar John, in his sermon, detailed the * The body of St. Louie was taken from its tomb in the church of St. Denis, and transferred to the holy chapel in Paris in the year 1298, Pope Boniface having granted indulgences to all who should assist at this elevation by his bull, given at Rome the first day of June, in the fourth year of his pontificate. This translation was performed on the morrow of the feast of Saint Bartholomew, not in the year 1299, as Walsingham writes, but in the preceding year. A manuscript chronicle, which ends at the year 1322, has these words :— " In this year King Philip had the fair body of Saint Louis, formerly king of France, brought from the church of St. Denis with great solemnity, and attended by multitudes of people, on the morrow of Saint Bartholomew, which was just eighteen years after he had departed this life." Stephen, archbishop of Sens, performed the service on the day of this translation, in the church of St. Denis, in the presence of the prelates. The eipenses of this ceremony were very great, as may be collected from a journal of the king's treasury, beginning the first day of January, 1297, to the last day of December, 1301, which is in the Chamber of Accounts at Paris. It informs us that there were public festivals attended with great pomp ; that Raoul de Beaumont, director of the kitchen, spent 100 livres parisis ; Robert de Meudon, pantler, 1,500livres for tablecloths; Alain Breton, horse-sergeant to the Châtelet, 10 livres for setting to music the history of Saint Louis ; Master Guillaume, the silversmith, 300 livres for the workmanship of tbe shrine or bier ; Guillaume de Flavacourt, knight, 60 livres for the expenses of divers works that were made for this festival ; the king's fruiterers, 2,000 livres tournois for lights ; Raoul de Beaumont, king's cook, 1,500 livres parisis for plate; Geoffry Coquatrix different sums, as for wine delivered, and other things. In short there were given to the proprietors of houses and stalls, which were pulled down at Saint Denis for this feast, 255 1. 13 s. 6 deniers parisis. The king commanded* several persons to write the life of this holy king ; namely, Monsieur Geoffroy, chaplain to the lord James de St. Paul, whose history is in print, and Master Peter de la Croix of Amiens. Geoffroy received 30 livres and Peter de la Croix 10 livres. There is likewise mention made, under the date of the 16th March, 1299, of Arthur of Florence, notary-public, to whom was given the sum of 200 livres tournois. 2 M

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