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the emperor gave her to him for a wife before the people, and the nobles; and he loved her. And they made a great feast for all who came into the city during three days. And the drinking was according to law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure*.

658. And the king journeyed to return to his country, France, on the fourth day. And the emperor went with him to accompany him, and they separated one from the other. And they returned home; and the king went to Fontarabia, which is by the sea-shore, and they found there a small ship which they had made ready to cross

The king went down into the ship, and his sons went in another ship from the other side; and they journeyed. And it came to pass, while they were in the ships midway, that the two sons rose up and bowed their faces to the dust; he kissed them, they wept, and his ships went on their way. The king went on shore, and rode upon a horse, and went to Bayonne which is in Navarre on the same day; and his two sons went to the Ileiscast and they bowed down to the sister of the emperor, the wife of their father; and they received them with joy, and loved them greatly.

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* Esther i. 8.

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the emperor gave her to him for a wife before the people, and the nobles; and he loved her. And they made a great feast for all who came into the city during three days. And the drinking was according to law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure *.

658. And the king journeyed to return to his country, France, on the fourth day. And the emperor went with him to accompany him, and they separated one from the other. And they returned home; and the king went to Fontarabia, which is by the sea-shore, and they found there a small ship which they had made ready to cross over. The king went down into the ship, and his sons went in another ship from the other side ; and they journeyed. And it came to pass, while they were in the ships midway, that the two sons rose up and bowed their faces to the dust; he kissed them, they wept, and his ships went on their way. The king went on shore, and rode upon a horse, and went to Bayonne which is in Navarre on the same day; and his two sons went to the Ileiscast and they bowed down to the sister of the emperor, the wife of their father; and they received them with joy, and loved them greatly.

659. And the chiefs of the hosts of the emperor restored Francesco Sforza to the throne of the dukedom of Milan ; and his sovereignty was established for a few days.

660. And it came to pass, in the year one thousand five hundred and twenty-six, that the sultan Solyman collected troops, and went to Hungary with a multitude of people and a strong hand. And the Hungarians were not reckoned for any thing in those days, because Ladislaus had not set his heart upon war; and in the days of Lewis they were not tempted to fight; and their heart was lifted up, but to no purpose. And King Lewis made ready his chariot, and took his people with him, being twenty-four thousand chosen men.

And they went to Mohacz, which is on the banks of the river Danube, and they encamped there on the river side. And Lewis hastened to war, before the Woywode of Transylvania arrived with the men of the host which were with him; for Paul Tomorri*, the bishop of Kolozinsit, a Franciscan friar, who longed to fight against the Turks at that time, urged him. And it came to pass, when they were between Buda and Belgrade, that they lifted up their eyes, and they saw, and behold, the first troop or

* 98991010 15989, a Franciscan monk, archbishop of Golocza. + 10339517, perhaps a nomen gentilitium.

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* Esther i. 8.

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company of Solyman came up, and there was not one feeble

person in his camp. And they amounted to twenty thousand horsemen, all handling the sword, and exercised in war. And they ran into the field, and divided themselves into four heads. Five thousand ran until noon, and five thousand changed with them until sunset, and five thousand until midnight, and five thousand until day-break. And they gave no rest to the Hungarians all the day, and the Hungarians were grieved because of them; and they could not drink of the water of the river, which was on their left hand, and they digged wells for themselves to draw water, and to give drink to the multitude of their cattle.

661. And the Sultan Solyman drew nigh, and his host was twenty thousand chosen horsemen besides footmen; and they pitched their tents over against them.

662. And Paul Tomorri, by whose word the king was directed, mustered the men of the host and the horsemen and the artillery. And those men who had no experience in war he left to watch the waggons and baggage, and they fortified themselves there; and he put the king into the second camp; and a thousand horsemen exercised in war he left there to assist and to guard him. And it came to pass, on the twenty-ninth day of the month of August, that the Turks came, and

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they put fire into the battering rams twice; and there died not one of the camp of the Hungarians, for the stones of the cannons went over them, and passed the camp. And the Hungarians also put fire into their battering rams; and there fell many of the Turks. And the Turks drew nigh, and set their battle in array, and many fell slain to the ground. And the Turks turned the battle against those who watched the baggage.

And Paul Tomorri sent there the thousand horsemen which were left with the king to guard him; and the host of the Hungarians were smitten before the Turks. And on that day the Turks slew with the edge of the sword Paul Tomorri and the bishop of Istrigonia* and Waradino, and many nobles and honorable men from Transylvania. And when Lewis, the king, saw that evil was determined against him also, he fled before them, and he fell into the miry clay under his horse ; and as he had no help, he died. And the Germans and the Bohemians were slain with the edge of the sword on that day. And the remnant of the horsemen [w] fled for their lives. They did not look back, for they feared lest evil should befall them.

663. And Solyman said at that time, hundred thousand men follow after me; how could the hearts of the Hungarians be beguiled, to make

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war against me?” And a fear from God* fell

upon the inhabitants of Buda, and they went out from the city, and fled for their lives. And the Jews were left in the city; and they cried unto the Lord, and he heard their voice from his temple. And Solyman did not know of this. And he drew near, and approached the city. And the heads of the synagogue went out to meet him, and fell down before his feet, and they gave the city into his hand; and he entered the city. And against the children of Israel no one moved his tongue; and of all that belonged to them, not a shoe-latchet was taken on this day. And Solyman set his eyes upon them, and he sent them in ships to his country; and they dwell there until this day. And the two images of brass, which a cunning workman made for King Matthias, Solyman took, and sent them to Constantinople, his capital, and set them up in a wide place of the city: and Solyman garrisoned Buda and fortified it, and returned to his country; and also Peterwardein and Syrmia he took in that year.

664. And Francis Sforza, duke of Milan, revolted against the emperor, and he made a covenant with Clement the pope, and with the citizens of Venice. And Francis also, the king of

* i. e. Great fear.

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