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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 93

his general attitude towards him, indicated a suspicion that he believed him to be getting out of hand. The old fighter had no desire to see his work taken up by an outsider. Though fighting the infidel was his object in life, and though he put that above all personal ambitions, still he was human enough to wish to keep the leadership in his own family and to conserve his conquest for his natural successors. This young Joseph (Yusuf), son of Job, might be, and undoubtedly was, fit for great leadership, but why should he turn over to a stranger the mantle of authority won by the blood and sweat of years of unremitting effort? So, when his communications reached Saladin they were addressed to him and " all the other Emirs who are in Egypt," and, though he was recognized as the Emir el Isfahselar, or the Emir Commander-in-Chief, this was distinctly made to appear as Nur ed-din's commander-in-chief. Nothing in act or word of Saladin justified any doubt of his whole-hearted allegiance. In the Khotba, the Friday prayer in which the beneficence of Allah was invoked in the mosques for the Caliph and the actual ruler of the land, it was always Nur ed-din's name, and not his own, which appeared. Moreover, whenever occasion offered the Vizier declared publicly that in all he was doing he was acting only as the lieutenant of his master, Nur ed-din. But Nur ed-din was not the only one who suspected that these words were not to be taken at their surface value. Both the supporters of Saladin and his enemies seemed to see his tongue in his cheek even as they were

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