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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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restored to its owners, the inhabitants drawn out from their hiding places, and all were encouraged to resume their normal lives, only now it would be under a new ruler. Two years later, at the age of sixty-two, Zenghi was assassinated while he was carrying on the siege of Castle Jaber near the Euphrates. He had wakened in his tent to find some of his slaves drinking his wine, and they, fearful of the punishment which they felt sure awaited them on the morrow, fell upon him before he could cry out and despatched him with their daggers. To this inglorious end came the first of the great rulers of the Moslems who had been able to drive back the Christian invaders and point the way to their ultimate suppression. After Zenghi, Nur ed-din. The latter was one of three sons left by Zenghi, but he proved to be the one that really counted. Ruler of Aleppo at the beginning, he took up the work of his father and carried it far beyond. Only two months after Zenghi's death Count Joscelin, urged on by the Armenians of Edessa, made a night attack upon the city. The Turkish garrison was asleep, and the city was taken without difficulty, but the citadel remained secure ; and before Joscelin could force this, Nur ed-din, apprised of the situation, charged across the country and hemmed in the rash count. In the effort to escape he and his Armenian allies, who were fleeing from the wrath of Nur ed-din, were caught between his army and the garrison from the citadel. There was fearful slaughter, especially of

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