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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 173

A.D. I254.3 MARRIAGE OF TBE KING'S DAUGHTER. 515 fault. On account of tbe dispute that was between tbe king of Navarre and the heiress of Champagne, for some claims the king of Navarre pretended to have on the country of Champagne, the king ordered them all to Paris, that each side might be heard, and justice properly done between them. At this parliament King Thibault of Navarre demanded in marriage Isabella, the king's daughter; and they had brought me with them that I might in suitable terms make this proposal of marriage, for they had observed the high favour I was in with the king when at Soiseons. I went purposely to speak on this subject to the king, who replied, " Seneschal, go first and make peace with the count of Brittany, and when that is done, we will settle the marriage." I answered, " Sire, you should not neglect this matter on any account." But he said, he would not marry his daughter without the consent of his barons, nor until peace were concluded with the count of Brittany. I immediately returned to Queen Margaret of Navarre, the king her son, and their council, to tell them the king's answer : which having heard, they set about concluding a peace with all diligence with the count of Brittany; and when that was done, the king gave his daughter Isabella in marriage to the king of Navarre. The wedding was cele brated with pomp and magnificence at Melun, whence King Thibault conducted her to Provins, where they were most splendidly received by the barons. I will now speak of the state and mode of living of the king, after his return from Palestine. In regard to bis dress, he would never more wear minever or squirrel furs, nor scarlet robes, nor gilt spurs, nor use stirrups. His dress was of camlet or Persian, and tbe fur trimmings of his robes were the skins of garnutes or the legs of hares. He was very sober at his meals, and never ordered any thing particular or delicate to be cooked for him, but took patiently whatever was set before him. He mixed his .wine with water accord ing to its strength, and drank but one glass. He had com monly at his meals many poor persons behind his ohair, whom he fed, and then ordered money to be given to them. After dinner, he had his chaplains who said grace for him ; and, when any noble person was at table with him, he was an excellent companion, and very friendly. He was considered 2 L 2

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