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DOVER WELCOMES THE FIRST KING EDWARD ON HIS RETURN FROM THE CRUSADES

DOVER WELCOMES THE FIRST KING EDWARD ON HIS RETURN FROM THE CRUSADES

In suitable environment as the historic gateway to England, Dover in 1908 staged a remarkable pageant illustrative of the age-long coming and going of famous personages in connexion with its port. Here is seen Edward I, "the Hammer of the Scots," being greeted by his loyal subjects on his return to England in August 1274, after participating in the Seventh Crusade. With him is his lovely and beloved wife, Eleanor of Castile, who accompanied him to the Holy Land and, as tradition asserts, saved his life by sucking poison from his arm. He treasured her memory by erecting the famous Eleanor Crosses. The king's knights and ecclesiastics show their joy at the return of their monarch, who with his wife and attendant pages make this a realistic pageant.

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