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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 173

fidePs faith in the knightly word, but don't regard it too seriously when once out of his clutches. " Then did Balian promise to stay," reports the chronicler, " and all that were in the city did him homage, and took him to lord." But now the reckoning had to be paid. Jerusalem was taken in spite of the valiant services of her new lord, and the Moslem army was in possession. What happened to Balian? He not only escaped all punishment but the Sultan granted him five hundred of his prisoners to be let go free of ransom. And to the Patriarch, who was making off with the vessels of gold which belonged to the conqueror (as the latter well knew), were given seven hundred more. And to his brother, el-Adel, who was moved by the sight of the hapless Christian population to plead for the chance to save them from the slavery which threatened them, were given a thousand. So twenty-two hundred of the population were freed by the generosity of the conqueror. And then the latter took an innings on his own account. "M y brother has given his alms; the Patriarch and Balian have given theirs. Now I would give mine." Thereupon criers were sent through the city to announce that all the aged men and women were relieved of paying ransom, and that they might go out through the Gate of St. Lazarus, and the old people went forth under the Sultan's protection, and their going lasted from the rising to the setting sun.

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