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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 192

to injury by retorting to the protests of his prisoners against his breach of the treaty, " Let Mahomet come and save them." He had likewise threatened to invade Arabia and tear the bones of the Prophet from his grave. He had, in fact, transported boats in sections to the Gulf of Akaba, whence they were sent to various ports on raiding expeditions, but with the ultimate purpose of entering Arabia by way of el-Haura on the Red Sea, and thence on to Medina. An Egyptian fleet had disposed of this expedition and the daring Count had barely escaped with his life, but the shock he had given the Moslems of the world was not forgotten, least of all by Saladin, and would not be paid for until there was due atonement. For once Saladin made no disguise of his purpose to seek bloody vengeance. No man could insult the Prophet and seek to desecrate his grave and hope to escape the punishment such sacrilege demanded. With his own hands vowed the Sultan would he take the life of this monster. But the time was not yet ripe. Fate decreed that Saladin was never to take Kerak. That triumph was reserved for another. But his greater purpose, to secure the person of the Lord of Kerak, was soon to be fulfilled.

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