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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 179

induced to go no farther than to discharge those under suspicion. Even when the schemes to take advantage of his weakness were apparent enough he pretended to ignore them and fell in with the designs of the schemers. After the defenders of Aleppo had made their peace with him they sent the young daughter of Nur ed-din to his camp. Saladin showered her with gifts, then asked her if there was anything more he could do for her. Properly coached in advance, she replied that she had a longing for the fortress of Azaz, which he had captured only a short time before. The prompting was plain enough, but Saladin granted her wish without comment. Some of the tales are fantastic. A rich man reduced to penury, finds in the public baths a new and elegant suit in place of the rags he had doffed upon entering the water. There is nothing to tell the name of the donor, which he learns only upon questioning the attendant. But this is only the beginning, for in the pockets he finds a purse with a thousand dinars. A servant and a fully saddled horse await him at the entrance. Thereafter he receives an ample monthly allowance, and is thus restored to his former affluence. As forbearing and courteous as he is generous. " One day when I was on duty," wrote Beha ed-din, " the mule I rode started off, terrified at some camels, and he forced me against the Sultan with such violence that I hurt his thigh; but he only smiled — may God be merciful to him ! On another occasion —

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