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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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count de la Marche, was concluded, he had not then put on hie helmet." That is to say, he had not then borne arms, nor received the order of knighthood; and that when be pnt on the crow to march to the Holy Lana with hie king, be wai very young. That wai the first occasion he made use of to display his valour, and shew to all the world that he was no way degenerated in courage and virtue from his ancestors. The crusade had been proclaimed throughout France, and St. Louis, his queen and children, with the brothers to the king, and the principal barons of the realm, had already put on their armour, and covered their shoulders with the mark of our redemption, to recover the Holy Land from the hands of the infidèle, and to carry the war into their country. John lord of Joinville followed the examples of his snceetors, who had signalised themselves in these illustrious conquests, took the cross, and determined to accompany the king. But as this enterprise was attended with danger, and would probably be of long duration, he wished, before he set out/ to make a settlement of his affairs, and leave every one satisfied with his conduct, so that he might be in the proper condition to deserve the fruits and pardons which these crusaders merited through the concessions of the sovereign pontiff. Having assembled his friends and neighbours, he gave them to understand, that if any one had the smallest subject of complaint against him, or if he had wronged him in the slightest man ner, he was ready to make him all the satisfaction that could be wished for. On the other hand, as his mother, Beatrice, was still living, and enjoyed the greater part of his fortune ss her dower, he found himself obliged to mortgage the principal part of the remainder of his landa, to supply the expenses of his equipment for so long a voyage, and of ao considerable an enterprise, so that there scarcely remained to him twelve hundred livres of yearly rent in land. He set out from his castle of Joinville after the Easter of 1248, accompanied by ten knights, whom he kept in his pay ; among whom were three bannerets,—namely, Hugh de Landrieourt, Hugh de Ttl-châtel, lord of Conflsns, and Peter de Pontmolsin. He journeyed in company with John lord of Aspremont, Gosbert d'Aspremont and his brothers, who were his cousins, and the count de Sarrebruche, all of whom had in like manner put on the cross. They embarked at Marseilles and sailed to Cyprus, where they found the king of France, who had arrived there a short time before. It was there the lord de Joinville first entered into the service and pay of this great king, whose good graces and affection he so much gained that this prince would have him always near his person, employing him in the most important negotiations, and considering him as one of his confidential and faithful counsellors. From the day he entered into the service of the king, in the island of Cyprus, he scarcely ever quitted him until his death, and was always attendant on him for the space of twenty-two years. This would be the place to relate bis adventures, his combats, and Ms travels ; how he landed in Egypt, and was attacked by the Saracens, how he repulsed them ; how he was wounded, and then caught the epidemical disorder of the army ; bow he was made prisoner by the enemy, saved and delivered from their hands ; how he accompanied the king to Acre,

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