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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 177

inherited from his.uncle. Of all of this he retained practically nothing for himself. Nor of the almost fabulous riches he obtained with the death of the last of the Egyptian Caliphs. Here was a vast treasury of gold and jewels and precious objects, the description of which reads like a chapter from The Arabian Nights. Handsful of pearls and emeralds, such as were unknown in the western world — a single emerald " four fingers long," and a ruby of twenty-four hundred carats ! Furniture of ebony, sandalwood and ivory, in which were designs outlined in precious stones ; great quantities of gold and silver plate, the workmanship of cunning artists and artisans; priceless bronzes, many of them inlaid with gold and silver ; curious metal mirrors in gem-studded frames of gold and silver, rock crystals and tapestries and all manner of woven stuffs.heavy with embroidery in gold. Wise beyond his years, perhaps, in his refusal to inhabit that palace of marvels, thereby avoiding the further incitement of envy among the emirs, but there is evidence in all his life thereafter that such luxury was abhorrent to him, and that when he gave up the magnificent apartments to his officers he was not making any personal sacrifice. His simple tastes, unusual among the great of his people, were distinctly an individual trait, not to be traced to any other source. Not visible in his father, nor in that uncle whose death through over-indulgence gave him his great chance, yet born in him and as much a part of

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