The Children's Crusade; An Episode of the Thirteenth Century

The Children's Crusade; An Episode of the Thirteenth Century

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...heights. On the top of the pass there stood, as stands to-day, a monastery like that on Mont Cenis, where the traveller or pilgrim could rest or take refuge. We can imagine the astonishment of the good monks when they saw a vast procession of youths, ragged and weary, issuing from the gorges and commencing to file across the plain on which the Hospice stood. They rubbed their eyes, but did not rub away the vision, for it was real, and they soon learnt, to their additional surprise, that this was the Lord's army on the way to Jerusalem. The band tarried a while, ate what food was provided; it may be they slept there, and then proceeded to descend the pass. A day or two brought them to the lovely plains of Lombardy, whose cultivation and richness revived their spirits. But Italy was to be to them, as to those led by Nicholas, no friendly land. During his long wars, Barbarossa had repeatedly ravaged this region, and he had excelled himself in the destruction of beautiful and ancient Milan. These injuries were still fresh in the hearts of the people, and we are expressly informed that they made these children of the hated race feel that they had been unfortunate in their choice of a route. Full of enmity, they made the young Crusaders pay for the excesses of their countrymen, so that their journey was stained with tears and blood. Many were murdered; others were stolen to be carried away to misery, dishonor, and slavery. But they persevered, expecting, as the other band, to find a pathway through the sea, when they had reached the end of their journey by land. It was a long march along that road that lay to the east of the Appenines. When they came to Ravenna, or some other city, they were disappointed to find in each case that it was not the place...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236547780
  • 9781236547781