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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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A.D. I254.3 DISEMBARK AT HIERES. 518 ough t to land ; for Madame de Bourbon, being once in this ver y port, and unwilling to land, put again to sea, to disembark at Aignee Mortes, but she was tossed about for upwards o f seven weeks before she could make that harbour." Upon this, the king consented to follow my advice, and landed at Hieres, to the great joy of the queen and all on board. The king, the queen, and their children took up their residence in the castle of Hieres until horses should be provided for the further continuance of their journey. Tbe abbot of Cluny, who was afterward bishop of Olive, sent the king two palfreys ; one for himself and the other for the queen. It was said at tbe time, that they were each well worth 500 livres. When the king had accepted of these two fine horses, the abbot requested an audience of him on the morrow, on the subject of his affairs. This was granted, and the next day the abbot conversed a long time with the king, who listened to him very attentively. When the abbot was gone, I asked the king if he would answer a question I wished to put to him. On his replying in the affirmative, 1 said, " Sire, is it not true that you have thus long listened to the abbot for the sake of the horses he gave you ? " The king said, " It was certainly so." I then continued, that I had asked the question, that he might forbid, on his return to France, those of his council, on their oaths, to receive the smallest gifts from any one who had business to transact in his presence ; " for be assured," added I, " that if they take presents, they will listen and attend to the givers, even longer than you have done to the abbot of Cluny." The king, calling his council, told them the reqnest I had made, and the reason for my making it. His council, however, said that I had given very excellent advice. While we were at Hieres we heard of a very good man, a Cordelier friar, who went about the country preaching : his name was Father Hugh. The king being desirous of hearing and seeing him, the day he came to Hieres, we went out to meet him, and saw a great company of men and women following him on foot. On his arrival in the town, the king directed him to preach, and his first sermon was against the clergy, whom he blamed for being in such numbers with the king, saying they were not in a situation to save their 2 L

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