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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 242

press his altered judgment, he said he had come to say there was really no reason to delay taking possession of the city, and that it made no difference to him whether the actual transfer occurred that day or on the morrow. The only possible reason for delay was the fact that some members of his family had not yet been able to leave Tyre, but would surely do so in a few days. Whether Saladin was again placed in doubt by his apparent readiness to carry out the terms of their bargain, or whether he did not wish to arouse suspicion of his change of heart before the time limit had expired, he acted as though still convinced of his good faith. A few days later, when the last hours of respite were reached, Reginald appeared again and asked for a further indulgence, this time for nine months, or to round out a full year! His perfect coolness is evidence of strong nerves and a valiant heart. Even though the Sultan of all the Moslems was named Saladin and had a reputation unsurpassed for mercifulness, no ordinary man would want to strain that too far. One can almost hear the swish of that awful scimitar in answer to Reginald's presumption. One reads from his confidants that the Sultan now knew he had been trifled with and that the Lord of Sidon had been playing a game from the start. But he restrained his angry impulses, replying solemnly: "We will reflect on the matter. We will take the advice of our council and let you know our decision."

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