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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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weep, praising the name of God, who had enabled him to gain the victory. When we arrived at our quarters, we found great numbers of Saracens on foot holding the cords of a tent which some of our servants were erecting, and pulling against them with all their might The master of the Temple, who had the command of the vanguard, and myself, charged this rabble, and made them run away. Tbe tent remained, therefore, with us ; not, however, that there was any great fight, for which reason many boasters were put to shame. I could readily mention their names, but I abstain from doing so because they are deceased ; and we ought not to speak ill of the dead. Of Sir Guyon de Malvoisin I am willing to speak, for the constable and I met him on tbe road, returning from Massoura, bearing himself gallantly, although hard pressed by the Turks, who closely pursued him; for after they had dispersed the count of Brittany and his battalion, as I have before said, they followed the lord Guyon and his company. He had not suffered much in this engagement, for he and his people had most courageously behaved; which is not to be wondered at, when, as I have heard from those! who knew him and his family, almost all his knights were of his kindred and lineage, and his men-atarms his liege vassals. This gave them the greater confidence in their chief. After we had discomfited the Turks, and driven them out of their quarters, the Bedouins,t who are a powerful people, entered the camp of the Saracens and Turks, and seized and carried off whatever they could find, and all that the Saracens and Turks had left behind them. I was much surprised at this; for the Bedouins are subjects and tributary to tbe Saracens ; but I never beard that they were treated the worse by the Saracens for what they had thus pillaged. They said it was their usual custom to fall on the weakest, which is * He is called Frere Guillaume de Sonuac in the additions to Matt. Paris, p. 110. f The lord de Joinville has here confounded, as elsewhere, the Bedouins with the Assassins. Jacques de Vitry says positively they were Arabians, that their residence was near Aleppo and Crach, in Arabia, and that the Assassins inhabited a. canton of the province of Phoenicia, enclosed by mountains near Tortosa. However this may be, every writer agrees that the Bedouins were a wandering and vagabond people. 2 κ 2

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