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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 171

justice, was the payment of a ransom to the kidnapper. It was a common and accepted occurrence for both sides to send men into the opposing camp to steal whatever they could, and the Arabs were adepts in this. Consequently, it was quite within the right of this man to steal the child which, had there been no interference, he would have sold, to become a slave in some Moslem household. As Sultan, having the first right to all booty, Saladin could have taken the child without recompense, but that would have been foreign to his character. That the Crusaders were ever ready to take advantage of the Sultan's magnanimity is shown repeatedly. Two Knights Templar, captured at the siege of Safed, cunningly throw themselves upon his mercy. For good and sufficient reason Saladin had a special grievance against this body, whose chief had been most truculent in dealing with Moslem prisoners and a virulent influence in the breaking of truces. Yet, when one of these men said, in apparent sincerity, " I do not see how any harm can come to us now that we have looked upon your kind and sympathetic countenance," Saladin felt constrained to modify the sentence of death, which would have been imposed ordinarily. Another prisoner, of lesser consequence, whose truthfulness was less open to question, escaped not only death but received his freedom. This man was brought before the Sultan in a state of the wildest excitement, terror showing in every line in his face.

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