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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
page 82

willing nephew proved the wisdom of his uncle's insistence upon his joining him. With only a thousand men, in the midst of a population not at all interested in his success, and soon confronted with a lack of food as well as having to meet constant attacks from the enemy, the young commander showed his mettle. The spirit of the city was for surrender, and, only by instilling into the hearts of the masses a wholesome fear of what the Franks would do to them, was he able to keep down the tumult. In the meantime he kept up a stout resistance, holding the walls against the battering engines of the besiegers, and waited for Shirkuh to come to his aid. Shirkuh was seeking to get Cairo, but the war ended on both sides with a stalemate, each claiming the victory. It was agreed that both armies should leave Egypt to the Egyptians, but Amalric evaded these terms by leaving his garrison in Cairo, and Shawer was still pledged to pay an annual tribute of one hundred thousand dinars. Shirkuh took away with him fifty thousand dinars. Shawer did not hesitate to spend the Egyptians' money to get rid of enemy and ally alike, realizing that the presence of either would in the long run prove fatal to his continuance in power. But even this only delayed the inevitable. Amalric was the first to succumb to the temptation. It is said that Manuel, Emperor of Constantinople, whose grandniece became Amalric's second wife shortly after his return from Egypt, urged him to make the conquest and forestall Nur ed-din. The Grand

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