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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 161

" Observe," comments the Cadi, winding up his tale, " his condescension, his submission to the regulations prescribed by law, the putting aside of his pride, and the generosity he displayed at a time when he might justly have inflicted a punishment." The patriarchal spirit, ever driving him to take on himself the burdens of all who applied to him, induced an enormous correspondence with those who could not come in person but still found means to communicate their troubles by letter. Even with the aid of his devoted secretaries this meant another heavy draught upon his time and energies. Then, with his instinctive love of order in the administration of the affairs of the state, and his determination to maintain conditions upon the high level reached under Malek Shah, there had to be constant communication with his agents over the ever-increasing territories subject to his rule. Often after a hard day in the saddle, or even in actual fighting, the midnight lamp was burning in the tent of the Sultan, while the rest of the camp was in peaceful slumber. Nor can the mere ceremonial duties be put aside as of little consequence. Be he ever so indifferent to the pomp of power himself, the Sultan cannot deny his people the show they demand. There must be magnificent processions, in which he must be the central figure, " dressed in a plain black tunic with large sleeves, a turban over his steel cap, a hauberk under his tunic, and a long Arab sword at his side." In front the royal saddle-cloth, covered with precious stones and gold

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