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France; but being unable to bear the fatigue of the voyage, he sunk beneath it, and died before arriving in London.
Thus fell the Seigneur Robert Comte d'Artois, descended from Kings—related to Kingsallied to Kings, and courted by them;—who was, as Froissart says of him, one of the most refined and accomplished Princes of the day in which he lived, and of the best blood in the world.
Thus he fell. I attempt not to justify the war he raised against his country,-it is in truth unjustifiable; but only so because its evil consequences were not confined to his aggressor. But-but let it be at least said in his defence, that when a man has been persecuted beyond the endurance of a mortal, he can hardly be expected to carry himself with the meekness of an angel. A sorry time of it would an angel lead in this world -- none would need envy him. What a life of constant loathing must it be!
One little bit of morality, with the reader's permission, and I finish this part of the subject. Had Robert of Artois resisted and overcome this passion of revenge, instead of ceding to it,
he would have proved himself not only a better man, but a greater hero; for leaving aside all nursery cant—all those trite sayings which are inculcated by rote, and learned by rote, and which, without being of any sort of use to any one person, are extremely injurious to the learner, by making him fancy he is a remarkably moral man because he can repeat certain phrases -leaving all these aside, it is, unquestionably, and without the shadow of a doubt, in all cases, infinitely more grand and noble—more proud, to forgive a wrong than to revenge it—to wrap one's self around with scorn, as in a mantle, and say to him who injures :-“ Leave my presence -Go!"
King Edward's grief at his untimely end was excessive. In him he had lost a relative whom he affectioned, a friend who had done him essential service during his childhood, and a general on whose able conduct he principally relied for success in his wars with France. He ordered his funeral to be performed in the cathedral of St. Paul's, whither he himself attended, accompanied by many thousand mourners.
So much did Edward esteem the man, and revere his memory, that he swore never to leave France till he had revenged his death ; and so greatly had d'Artois contrived, by the affability and candour of his behaviour, by that greatness of mind, and strength of intellectthese necessarily go hand in hand—which showed themselves on all occasions in which he was called upon to act, as well as by his good repute as a soldier, to endear himself to the English nation, that, for his sake forgetting their former reluctance to bear the expenses of a war, they strove which should evince most eagerness in enabling their Sovereign to commence it, and fulfil his vow.
For an account of the contest which ensued between the two kingdoms—a contest, the flames of which, had he then been alive, Robert would, with as much eagerness as he before used in lighting them, have endeavoured to allay-I refer the reader to a history of those times.
It is scarcely necessary to say that Devion was altogether innocent of the crime, a confession of which, torture had been employed
to draw from her; but it ought to be said, that the reason why she, and not Inez, is generally supposed to have been the guilty person, is that the former having, when under the influence of pain, and from the hopes of escaping from it, been induced to confess an offence she had not in truth committed, the writers of the day put down the fact as it was then reported to them: whilst the confusion which the kingdom was afterwards thrown into by its wars with England, gave them so much new matter to relate, that they had not time to look back, and correct former errors. This one having been copied by late historians, it was handed down to posterity; and it was generally believed that Devion but confessed a crime of which she was really guilty, and that the Count of Artois had instigated her to it; so that it is only by consulting the private papers of particular families, that this historical mistake can be rectified.
The King, Philip de Valois, ashamed of having been so grossly duped by Inez and his vassal of Flanders, as well as enraged at it, would have brought the latter to public justice for his treason; but the troubled state of the kingdom compelled him to overlook the offence for the present, and postpone revenge to a more convenient season—a season which never came.
I should never finish, were I to account for every thing which the reader may choose to think unaccountable; and therefore it is that I refrain from giving any detail of Emily's wanderings after she left Bavay. I myself know exactly where she went;—what she did ;-how she obtained to the intimacy of Jeanne de Montfort;-and in short, am thoroughly acquainted with all which befell her; but if the reader wish to be equally well informed, he must consult the biographers of the day; for such a detail not being indispensable to the well-understanding of the story, I do not feel myself obliged to enter on it.
I must, however, not neglect saying one or two things respecting her.
Some time after her union with de Mauny, she accompanied him into Hainault; and there