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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 112

had no effect. Thereupon Saladin offered a piece of gold for every skin of water brought there. Soon he had enough to flood the mine, after which it was deepened, the wall was pierced and a new fire started, which had the desired result. These two defeats, combined with a dearth of food caused by a long-continued drought, and the growing illness of the leper King, caused the latter to ask for a truce, and Saladin was not loath to agree, for his dominions too had suffered from the lack of moisture. In the summer of 1180 a two years' truce by land and sea was solemnly entered into. That same year Saladin arranged a general peace, to which all the Moslem princes and the King of Armenia were parties. This also was for two years. Then he went back to Egypt, where he remained for two years. A number of important events in the meantime made the situation in Syria and Mesopotamia of more than passing interest to him. Seif ed-din died and Masud was his successor at Mosul. Even more important was the death of es-Saleh, whether of colic or poison was not determined, and here, too, Masud was named to succeed. Moreover, a number of the Frankish princes were violating the treaty. However, Saladin made no move, and perhaps nothing indicates the character of the man more clearly than this refusal to break his word, no matter what the provocation. Throughout Saladin's entire career a treaty meant for him just what it said and never once was he led into breaking it. Not that he overlooked the bad faith

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