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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 169

W e found there a hermitage among the rocks, with a handsome garden planted with olives, figs, vines, and other fruittrees, with a fine spring of water, that ran through it. The king and his company went to the upper part of the garden, where was an oratory, the roof of which was painted white, with a red cross in the centre. In another chamber, more retired, we foun£ two dead bodies with their hands on their breasts, and only the ribs which held them together. These bodies were laid towards the east, as is the usual custom at interments. When we had seen and examined every thing, the king and his company returned on shipboard ; but one of our sailors was missing, and the captain, after considering a while, said he guessed who it was, and that it was one who was desirous of living there henceforward as a hermit. The king, hearing this, ordered three sacks of biscuit to be left on the shore of this island, in order that the sailor might find them, and they might serve for his sustenance. [The Poitiers edition to this adds: " Afterward, in the course of our voyage, we passed another island, called Pantaleoue, which was peopled with Saracens, a part of whom were subject to the king of Sicily, and part to the king of Tunis. When we first saw this island at a distance, the queen entreated the king to have the goodness to order three galleys to bring fruit for her children, which he did, commanding them to make haste, that they might meet him when he should pass the island. " It fell out, that when the king was opposite to the port of this island, he could not see his galleys. The sailors, to his questions about them, answered,6 that very probably the Sara cens had captured them and their crews ; but, sire, we would not advise yon to wait for them, for you are near the king doms of Sicily and Tunis, neither of whose kings bears you any great love ; and if you will allow us to make sail,* we will, before night, place you out of danger from them, for we shall, in a short time, have passed the straits.' ' In truth,' replied the king, ' I shall not follow your advice, but order you to turn the helm, that we may seek our people/ And, happen what would, we were obliged so to do, and thus lost full eight days in waiting for them, on account of their gluttony, which they were impatient to satisfy.

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