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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 169

seen deporting himself towards the enemy with a nobility of spirit which it is difficult to comprehend, under the circumstances. Was the explanation that he had taken to heart seriously those pledges of chivalry which were part of his initiation into knighthood by Humphrey of Toron, and had made them the basis of all his acts thereafter? Was he determined to be the knight sans peur et sans reproche the gallant Humphrey had painted so eloquently on the field outside Alexandria at the opening of his career? That is the only understandable basis for some of the acts, extremely quixotic from every practical point of view, which astounded his contemporaries, as they have the world ever since. Time and time again the evidence was brought home to him that few of the knights in the ranks of the enemy, even those whose high position in the orders to which they belonged should have made them exemplars of the principles they asserted, lived according to their professions, yet not once were his critics able to point out any definite lapse on his part, while not unfrequently some performance would transcend even the lofty ideals he had sworn to support. Were the evidence from his own people, or even from admirers outside, it would be difficult to credit it. It is, however, chiefly from those who frankly sought for the means to discredit him, from churchmen to whom he could be nothing but a base infidel, an instrument of the Devil and certainly doomed to

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