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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 165

God for aid in the direst emergencies. When the enemymarch to the re-conquest of Jerusalem, and there is every reason to believe they will be successful, he spends the anxious night before their expected arrival in prayer. For reasons he cannot fathom the attack fails to eventuate. What else than the appeal to the Omnipotent could account for this seeming miracle? Small wonder then that he follows strictly all the ordained observances and counts for little the sacrifice that these entail. Even when his physical condition made fasting dangerous he refused to be dissuaded by his doctor or even the holy men, who pointed out to him that as the wager of the Holy War he would be exempt from duties imposed upon the run of men. Such an incident came in his later days, and his reply to those who pleaded with him to conserve his strength was: " One never can know what may happen. The safe thing is to put one's affairs in order." All his energies and all his talents are concentrated into what he conceives to be his summons from his Master, and it is doubtless this conviction that he is the appointed servant of God which gives him in emergencies an almost superhuman power of resistance. Undoubtedly, too, this is the cause of his fanatical hatred of all who fail to co-operate with him. Only this explains the occasional divergence from his normal spirit of indulgence. Convinced that he is entitled to the support of all good Moslems, his wrath rises mightily against all critics of the Jihad, as his orthodoxy

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