The chronicle of Geoffry de Villehardouin: marshal of Champagne and Romania, concerning the conquest of Constantinople, by the French and Venetians, anno M.CC.IV.

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W. Pickering, 1829 - Crusades - 215 pages
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Page 76 - By wondrous exertions they ran the galley ashore, and leaping out, bore the banner of St. Mark before him on the land. When the Venetians saw the banner of St. Mark on the land, and that their duke's galley had been the first to touch the ground, they pushed on in shame and emulation ; and the men of th« palanders sprang to land in rivalry with each other, and commenced a furious assault.
Page 67 - And know that it was one of the most daring adventures that have ever been attempted. The bishops and clergy spoke to the people, instructing them that, in this extremity, in which none could foresee what might be God's pleasure concerning him, it was the duty of every one to confess his sins, and dispose of his worldly possessions. This counsel was received by the whole army with great zeal and devotion. At length, the appointed time having arrived, the knights embarked...
Page 81 - There they beheld the emperor Isaac, attired in such splendour as to dazzle their imagination ; the empress, a most fair lady, the daughter of the King of Hungary, sat beside him ; and there were such crowds of high lords and noble dames, clothed in magnificent vesture, that there was scarcely room to pass ; for all those who yesterday were the emperor's enemies, were now become the most submissive of his friends. They were received with courtesy, and admitted to a private audience. In this conference...
Page 15 - ... the wrongs of Jesus Christ. They turn to you, because they know none others so powerful on the seas, and they have enjoined us to kneel at your feet, until you have granted their prayers, and have compassion upon the land over-sea.
Page 57 - ... incomparable beauty. They sailed up the strait, until they reached St. Stephen's abbey, from whence they had the first view of Constantinople. You may think that all who had never before beheld it, would fix their eyes upon that city, which appeared the noblest in the universe. * * * * They scarcely could believe their senses, nor was there any man, however bold, whose heart did not tremble within him. This was no marvel, for never since the creation of the world had such an enterprise been attempted...
Page 68 - The morning was bright, and the emperor, with his army in great force and array, awaited the pilgrims on the opposite shore. The trumpet sounded, every galley towed a heavier vessel, none asked who were to be foremost, but each one pushed on with all his might. The knights started up from the palanders, and, armed as they were, helm laced, and lance in hand, leaped, baldrick deep, into the sea. The good archers, the good Serjeants, and the good cross-bowmen, followed, each company forming on the...
Page 68 - Greeks at first appeared determined to oppose their landing, but, on the first shock of lances, turned their backs and fled, leaving the landing open ; and know that no place was ever more proudly captured. The mariners then began to open the ports of the palanders, and let down the bridges for the egress of the horses, and the knights mounted, and every division formed in the order that had been concerted.
Page 92 - a parliament' assembled, and it was determined to send an embassy to him; and ' Conon de Bethune, Geoffry de Villehardouin, and Miles de Brabant,' were chosen, with three Venetians: — ' These nobles having mounted their horses, their swords girt on, rode together to the palace of Blachernae, though, from the habitual treachery of the Greeks, in no trifling danger. Having alighted at the gate, and entered the palace, they found the two emperors seated on two thrones. Then the wise and eloquent...
Page 32 - I should take the sign of the cross to watch over your movements, and leave my son in my stead to protect our country, I will cheerfully go, and live and die with you and the pilgrims.
Page 13 - Masseille, et fut ouverte ,la porte de la nef pour faire entrer nos chevaulx , ceulx que devions mener oultre mer. Et quant tous furent entrez, la porte fut reclouse et estouppée, ainsi comme l'on vouldroit faire un tonnel de vin : pour ce quant la nef est en grant mer , toute la porte est en eauë.

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