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keep still the bones; and that as often as the Scots should rebel against him, he should assemble his people against them, and carry with him the bones of his father- for he believed verily that if they had his bones with them, that the Scots should never attain any victory against them. The which thing was not accomplished ; for when the king was dead, his son carried him to London, and there he was buried.'

CHAPTER XXVII

How king Philip of France and divers other kings made a croisey to the Holy Land.

Now let us return to our first purpose. When king Philip returned from Paris, after that the king of England had been there, 2 he went to visit his realm ; and in his company the king of Bohemia and the king of Navarre, with many dukes, earls and lords, for he held great estate and noble. So he rode through Burgoyne till he came to Avignon, where he was honourably received of pope Benedict and of all the college, and did him as much honour as they could : and he tarried a long space there, and was lodged at Villeneuve without Avignon. In the same season the king of Aragon came to the court of Rome, and there was great cheer and feast made at their meeting, and there they were all the Lent season. And in that season tidings came to the court of Rome, that the enemies of God were greatly strong, and had nigh conquered all the realm of Rasse, and taken the king there, who was before become Christian, and made him to die by a great martyrdom ; and also these infidels sore did menace Christendom. And on the Good Friday the pope himself preached of the passion of God before these kings, exhorting them to take on them the cross against the Saracens ; so that the French king moved with pity took on him the cross, and desired the pope to agree thereto. The pope accorded and confirmed it with his absolution de pena et culpa, clean confessed and repentant.3 So thus the king

1 Froissart adds: `Wherefore mischief befel him after, as ye have heard.' 2 The original does not imply that the king of England had visited Paris. 3 "Then the pope granted and confirmed it, with condition that he would absolve from pain and fault those who should truly confess themselves and repent, the king of France first and also all those who should go with him on this holy voyage.'



took on him this voyage, and with him the king Charles of Bohemia, the king of Navarre, and king Peter of Aragon, with many dukes, earls, barons, knights and squires, and also the cardinal of Naples, the cardinal of Perigord, the cardinal Blanc, and the cardinal of Ostia. And anon after, this croisey was preached and published abroad in the world, the which tidings was great pleasure to many lords, and specially to such as were in mind to dispend their season in deeds of arms. When the French king and these said lords had been a certain space with the pope and had devised and confirmed their enterprise, then they departed from the court and took their leave ; and the king of Aragon went into his country, and the French king in his company, till they came to Montpellier, and there tarried a certain space. And there king Philip of France made a peace between the king of Aragon and the king of Mallorca, and then returned into France by small journeys at great dispense, and visited his towns and castles, and passed through Auvergne, Berry, Beauce and Gatinois, and so came to Paris, whereas he was received with great feast and glory. At that time France was rich, in great puissance and in good rest and peace: there was no war spoken of. This croisey thus taken by the French king, whereof he was as chief, there were divers lords in sundry countries by great devotion tools on them the same. The French king made the greatest apparel for his voyage that ever was seen, either in Godfrey de Boulogne's days or any other, and had prepared in certain ports, as at Marseille, Aigues-Mortes, at Narbonne, and about Montpellier such a number of vessels, ships, carracks and galleys, sufficient to pass over sixty thousand men of arms with all their purveyances, well provided of biscuit, wine, fresh water, salt flesh, and all other things necessary for men of war, to endure three years, if need were. And the French king sent certain messengers to the king of Hungary, desiring him to be ready and to open the passages




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