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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
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young man thought it just as well not to mention it in the parental home, or to the hot-headed uncle under whose command he then was. Youth, the world over and in all times, realizes now and then that the older generation has its prejudices which preclude both rea son and argument, and that on occasion it is better to let sleeping dogs lie undisturbed. But the Christian writers have made much of it. Not only in poetry and romance, but in serious records of events. Sometimes the ceremony has been affirmed, but the manner of it varied. Geoffrey de Vinsauf, a Crusader of a later period, wrote : " In process of time, when his years were matured and he was fit for military service, he came to Enfrid of Tours, the illustrious prince of Palestine, to be mantled, and after the manner of the Franks received from him the belt of knighthood." Much later, when his career was drawing to a close, he gave his approval to the knighting of his brother's son, a performance conducted with much ceremc ay before the whole Christian army by no less a person than Richard the Lion-Hearted. So, whether we accept the evidence as to his receiving the accolade himself or not, we know he approved of the ideas underlying the order of knighthood. Indeed, as the record of his life unròils itself before our eyes, its outstanding characteristic is the tenacity with which he clings to those principles of chivalry which were outlined to him by Siir Humphrey. /Often enough came moments when the temptation

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