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[ .230 J share the lives of all the fêmainder: The apparent cruelty of this requisition threw the inhabitants into the utmost distress. At iast, one of the principal citizens, Eustace de St. Pierre, stepped forth, an declared himself willing to encounter death for the safety of his friends and companions. Five more successively followed his example. These six heroic men, marching out like criminals, laid the keys of the city at Edward's feet. But their submission did not appease his resentment, and he persisted in his resolution to send them to execution, till his queen, who was at the time in the camp, threw herself on her knees before him, and, with tears in her eyes, implored him to have mercy on those brave citizens. At her earnest iätercession, they were set at liberty.