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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 223

wherewith Thou hast favored me and my fathers, that I may do that which is right and well pleasing unto Thee. And bring me at last of Thy mercy to dwell amongst Thy righteous servants.' " In the meantime the shuffling procession of the vanquished was passing out of the Gate of David, weeping and lamenting the loss of the city which to them, too, was the most sacred spot on earth. That Saladin was affected by their misery, even as he had been by the appeal of the afflicted ladies, is made clear by the trouble he put himself to in assuring their safe conduct to their destinations. By his order the refugees were divided into three groups, of which one was placed under the leadership of the Templars, another under that of the Hospitallers and the third was led by Balian and the Patriarch. To each was assigned an ample guard of Moslem horsemen, and Ernoul tells how these protected them and that the women who could not keep the pace were mounted on the horses while the cavalrymen went a-foot, and how the children were carried before and behind the riders. And so they were brought safely to the gates of Tripoli, to the territory of their own people, and here witness the contrast with the conduct of the Moslems, for the Count of Tripoli closed the gates against the miserable and weary refugees, while Christian soldiers issued from the town and despoiled them of the possessions the conqueror had allowed them to retain. More fortunate were those who had chosen to seek the protection of Egypt, for the emir in control at

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