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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 172

"Why do you tremble so? " asked the interpreter. But the man had recovered his self-possession even while the question was being put. With his eyes fixed upon the Sultan, he said simply: " Before I saw his face I was greatly afraid, but now that I am in his presence, and can see him, I am certain that he will do me no harm." The outstanding instance of magnanimous behavior, however, is recorded in one of the Christian chronicles and applies to the events following Saladino conquest of Jerusalem. There was plenty of reason for the Sultan to deal harshly with those within its walls. The memory of the wholesale and altogether defenseless massacre of its Moslem inhabitants when the Crusaders had taken possession was still keen. Then Balian of Ibelin, commander of the city, was there in violation of his solemn promise. A fugitive after the battle of Hattin, he had written to the Sultan, begging permission to conduct his wife from Tyre to Jerusalem through the Moslem lines, and promising not to stay more than a single night in that city. The Sultan had complied with all courtesy but, when Balian got there, he allowed himself to be persuaded by the Patriarch Heraclius that it would be a greater sin to leave Jerusalem in its predicament than to break his word to the infidel Sultan. " It will be great shame to you and to your heirs after you," said the priest, " if you leave the city of Jerusalem in her perilous strait." It was the same old story. Take advantage of the in

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