Account of a Tour in Normandy, Volume 2 eBook

Dawson Turner
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[Footnote 22:  Histoire de la Haute Normandie, I. p. 20.]

[Footnote 23:  See Cotman’s Architectural Antiquities of Normandy, plates 38-41.]

[Footnote 24:  Ordericus Vitalis, in Duchesne’s Scriptores Normanni, p. 490, 491, 606.]

[Footnote 25:  Duchesne, Scriptores Normanni, p. 865.]

[Footnote 26:  Some writers say that the real cause of their meeting was to settle a difference of long standing.—­Hoveden, as quoted in the Concilia Normannica, I. p. 92, tells us, that Henry was upon the point of sailing for England, when tidings were brought him that Philip had collected a great force, with which he threatened to lay Normandy waste, unless the British monarch surrendered to him Gisors with its dependencies, or caused his son Richard, Count of Poitou, to marry Alice, sister of the French king;—­“Quod cum regi Angliae constaret, reversus est in Normanniam; et, accepte colloquio inter ipsum et Regem Franciae inter Gisortium et Trie, XII.  Kalendas Februarii, die S. Agnetis V. et Martyris, convenerunt illuc cum Archiepiscopis, et Episcopis et Comitibus, et Baronibus regnoram suorum.  Cui colloquio interfuit Archiepiscopus Tyri, qui repletus spiritu sapientiae et intellectus, miro modo praedicavit verbum Domini coram regibus et principibus.  Et convertit corda eorum ad crucem capiendam; et qui prius hostes erant, illo praedicante, et Deo co-operante, facti sunt amici in illa die, et de manu ejus crucem receperunt:  et in eadem hora apparuit super eos signum crucis in cA"lo.  Quo viso miraculo, plures catervatim ruebant ad susceptionem crucis.  Praedicti vero reges in susceptionem crucis, ad cognoscendum gentem suam, signum sibi et suis providerunt.  Rex namque Franciae et gens sua receperunt cruces rubeas et Rex Angliae cum gente sua suscepit cruces virides:  et sic unusqnisque ad providendum sibi et itineri suo necessaria, reversus est in regionem suam.”]

[Footnote 27:  In 1555, an addition was made to this coat of a chief azure, charged with three fleurs-de-lys, or, by the command of Henry IInd of France, to commemorate his public entry into Gisors.]

LETTER XVII.

ANDELYS—­FOUNTAIN OF SAINT CLOTILDA—­LA GRANDE MAISON—­CHATEAU GAILLARD—­ECOUIS.

(Ecouis, July, 1818)

Our evening journey from Gisors to Andelys, was not without its inconveniences.—­The road, if road it may be called, was sometimes merely a narrow ravine or trench, so closely bordered by trees and underwood, that our vehicle could scarcely force its way; and sometimes our jaded horses labored along a waggon-way which wound amidst an expanse of corn-fields.  Our postilion had earnestly requested us to postpone our departure till the following morning; and he swore and cursed most valiantly during the whole of his ride.  On our arrival, however, at Andelys, a few kind words from my companions served to mitigate his ire; and as their eloquence may have been assisted by a few extra sous, presented to him at the same time, his nut-brown countenance brightened up, and all was tranquillity.

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