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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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By dint of gallantry he drove them away from the king, and thus conducted him to Casel, where, having dismounted at a house, he laid the king in the lap of a woman who had come from Paris, thinking that every moment must be his last, for he had no hopes that he could ever ]ass that day without dying. Shortly after arrived Sir Philip de Montfort, who told the king that he had just seen the admiral of the sultan, with whom he had formerly treated for a truce, and that if it were his good pleasure, he would return to him again, and renew it. The king entreated him so to do, and declared he would abide by whatever terms they should agree on. Sir Philip de Montfort returned to the Saracens, who had taken their turbans* from their heads, and gave a ring, which he took off his finger, to the admiral, as a pledge of keeping the truce, and that they would accept the terms as offered, and of which I have spoken. Just at this moment a villanous traitor of an apostate sergeant, named Marcel, set up a loud shout to our people, and said, " Sir knights, surrender yourselves ; the king orders you by me so to do, and not tó cause yourselves to be slain." At these words, all were thunderstruck ; and thinking the king had indeed sent such orders, they each gave up their arms and staves to the Saracens. The admiral, seeing the Saracens leading the king's knights as their prisoners, said to Sir Philip de Montfort, that he would not agree to any truce, for that the army had been made prisoners. Sir Philip was greatly astonished at what he saw, for he was aware that, although he was sent as ambassador to settle a truce, he should likewise be made prisoner, and knew not to whom to have recourse. In Pagan countries, they have a very bad custom, that when any ambassadors are despatched from one king or sultan to another, to demand or conclude a peace, and one of these princes dies, * Turbans are commonly made of napkins or other linen wrapped round the head. The lord de Joinville, in another part, says, " And know that they received heavy blows on these towels : they, however, wore them when going to battle, and they are tightly wrapped round one over the other.1' The Latin authors of the middle ages hare differently written this word tonatile; the Chronicle of Fontenelle uses toacula, Odoricus de Frioul toalia, the Roman Ceremonial in MS . tobalea, Johannes de Janna toglila.

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