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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 136

the tears fall on to his grizzling beard," wrote the chronicler. But we may be sure the beard was well cared for. The Moslems were ever particular about their bathing and their beards. Much attention was given to the trimming, brushing, combing and perfuming. It was a longer beard than the Frenchman, who is almost the only European who still clings to this facial adornment, wears today. The aristocrat usually wore it descending straight from the cheek bones, and age called for greater length than youth, but in all instances every hair was expected to stand out distinctly, patent evidence of the attention given to it. His was a commanding figure, we are told, so we can agree with Scott that he stood erect and sinewy, and, being both of good breeding and a well trained soldier, his arms would look long as they hung close to his body, and the hands, alert and accustomed to the agile use of the scimitar, could be nothing but nervous and slender. A lofty brow surely, and clear and serene in repose, as befitted one who thought much and deeply on the fundamentals of life, who feared not man nor death, and was as gifted in reading the souls of men as he was generous in judging them. "His face expressed kindliness, his modesty was great and his politeness perfect." With these few details we must rest content. For some inexplicable reason the chroniclers, who went into details enough with persons of lesser importance

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