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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 186

time there was peace on all sides. The ailing King Baldwin died and there was too much dissension among the contenders for the regency during the minority of the infant Baldwin V to permit the Franks to engage in warfare that could be avoided. A truce for four years was agreed upon between Saladin and Raymond of Tripoli, the regent, against the opposition of the Heads of the Knights Templar and the Hospital and that of Reginald de Chatillon. Later, when these last conspired with the Patriarch Heraclius to make Guy de Lusignan King, after the death of the child Baldwin, it is alleged that Raymond entered into an alliance with the Sultan. Thereby the latter was to aid him to get the throne of Jerusalem, to which Raymond had as good a claim as any. And Raymond is said to have released his Moslem prisoners and sent food to Damascus, then in need of it. Saladin appears to have kept himself well informed as to politics in the enemy country, and took advantage of every opportunity to keep these agitated. Therefore this compact with Raymond, the ablest of the enemy, who might have made the Sultan's progress much less easy had he obtained the united support of his own. But the rift among the Christians was, if anything, even wider and deeper than that among the Moslems. Raymond was the head of the old settlers, those who had become part of the land, and to whom its customs were agreeable. These wished to live in peace with the Moslems, while their rivals, many of them comparatively newcomers, and moved

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